June 29 – July 1
Long Beach, CA

Online Course Design Matters! Let’s Focus on Structure, Alignment, Accessibility and Support

Effective Practices
All Audiences

The continued growth of distance learning and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us of the importance of “quality course design” which are critical factors to student success and completion. Having clear expectations, intuitive navigation, easily found course components, course alignment and accessibility are all good ideas for online course design, right? We know them when we see them, but can we purposefully design them? In this session we will share how we have evolved our training courses over the past two years to show a much improved course design that is visually appealing with a consistent structure across each module, along with purposeful course alignment, and improved accessibility across course content.

In this session you will also explore how we use the features of Canvas and third party free tools to strengthen active learning, interactivity with peers, and to motivate students with the use of badges. Additionally, the “High Touch Model” of support will be demonstrated that is used to ensure no learner will be left behind. This model of support can be used to manage large scale training with multiple instructors. Common pitfalls to avoid and tips include providing an instructor guide, monitoring access, timeliness, and modeling best practices of effective online instructors will be presented. Lastly, examples of course structures that can serve as a guide when designing, updating, or improving online courses will be broken down. You will be able to access the summer and semester course design templates available in Canvas Commons.

Session Outcomes:

  • Download and access a 6 and 16 week course template in Canvas Commons.
  • Discover strategies and ideas for creating a consistent course navigation with visually appealing design elements.
  • Learn tips for “humanizing” and providing a “high touch” model of support.
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