Instructional Design

The course design (1) addresses the opportunities students have to interact with the content, their peers, and their instructor, and (2) encourages students to become active learners and contribute to the online course community.

  • Instructor provides information about being a successful online learner/student (e.g. Quick Start Guide for Online Students).
  • Navigation throughout the online components of the course is logical, consistent, and efficient.
  • Learning activities facilitate and support active learning that encourages frequent and ongoing peer-to-peer engagement.
  • If discussion is occurring, learners may pose questions and provide support to peers.
  • The modes and requirements for student interaction are clearly communicated (e.g., frequency, length, timeliness).
  • Instructor clearly explains his or her role regarding participation in the online environment.
  • The course learning activities help students understand fundamental concepts, and build skills useful outside of the course.
  • There are a variety of instructional material types and perspectives, while not overly relying on one content type such as text.
  • Materials types include PowerPoint, videos, text, open educational resources.
  • Modeling academic integrity, instructor appropriately cites all resources and materials used throughout the course.