Technology has brought a new continuum of class formats, from in-person to blended to fully online courses.
While each format brings with it special circumstances and considerations, these formats have much in common. Building significant and lasting learning experiences for students depends on:
- charting a clear course for what you most want students to learn and be able to do,
- deciding what evidence you need to assess if and how students are learning,
- determining how you will provide feedback, and
- providing interesting assignments, activities, and interactions that motivate learning when students are at a distance.
This guide provides resources and ideas for the design, development, and delivery of an online course. It also provides grounding for anyone considering a blended course format or adding online elements to a fully in person course.
But, this guide is only an introduction. We highly recommend additional readings and discussions with instructional designers and experienced faculty colleagues. There are now many good books and resources available on online and blended teaching and learning.