Self-Guided Online Course Design and Development

UConn eCampus

Phase 1 - Design

These 5 steps in the design phase will help you create foundational documents and create a new online course.

 

Phase 2: BuildPhase 2 - Build

3 steps that provide you with direct links to online training, resources, templates, and guidelines.

 

Phase 3-TeachPhase 3 - Teach

3 steps that provide you with best practices, timelines, and recommended strategies to prepare for teaching in the online.

 

This website contains frameworks, tools, examples, and resources to support UConn faculty in designing, building and teaching online courses.

The phases outlined in this site are intended for faculty with a strong background in teaching and pedagogy who are already comfortable using HuskyCT.

We encourage faculty members preferring a more guided support model to review the phases outlined in this site and to contact eCampus if they would like to work more closely with one of our staff members. 

Design PhasePhase 1 - Design

  • "Is there a systematic and efficient way to plan my new course?"
  • "How can I make a meaningful connection with my students?"
  • "What do I want my students to learn?"
  • "Which activities will help me create a robust and interactive online learning environment?

eCampus follows Quality Matters standards and guidelines in designing and delivering courses. To plan your instructional materials, activities, and assessments, it is helpful for you to be familiar with the Quality Matters rubric.

View the Quality Matters (QM) rubric for an overview of the standards.

To access the Quality Matters Rubric with Annotations

  1. Create a Quality Matters Account
    Enter email then click “No, I am new here.”
  2. Log into QM
  3. Choose CRMS on top Menu
  4. Choose (For Reference Only) View Sample Reviewer Worksheet
  5. Select “The Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric, Sixth Edition”
  6. View all standards by clicking through the interface

 

To perform a self-review, see Performing a Quality Matters Self-Review.

View Introduction to Quality Matters (QM) 6th Edition Rubric

The 5 Steps of the Design Phase will help you answer these and other common questions as you create the foundational documents and plan for your new course.
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Step 1: Organize Course Information

Use the Course Design Plan as you complete Steps 2 through 4. The Course Design Plan makes it easy to map out your entire course week by week and define what you want your students to learn. It also helps plan the best online activities, chose the most relevant materials, and design the most appropriate assessments for your new online course. This completed document will play a major role in helping you finalize your syllabus and guiding you as you build your course in Phase 2.

Step 2: Develop Learning Objectives

Use your Course Design Plan to define what you want your students to learn. This information is captured as course and module learning objectives that will help you design your course (activities, content, materials, assessments). By designing your course around what you want students to learn, you will be more efficient as you build out the rest of your course creating only the activities and content necessary for success. You will also ensure that your students know exactly what you expect of them increasing the chances that they will be successful in meeting your expectations.

Examples: Sample Course Learning Objectives from Different Fields of Study

Step 3: Plan an Assessment Strategy

 

Use your Course Design Plan to design assessments that will directly measure whether students have learned and can meet course learning objectives. Ensure alignment of assessments with the objectives you created in Step 2. Keep in mind the unique nature of online learning and recognize that in person assessment methods do not always translate well to the online environment.

 

 

Step 4: Design Instructional Materials and Activities

Use your Course Design Plan to select the best kinds of activities to meet the objectives you have defined, design and/or choose supporting course materials, and plan opportunities for students to interact with each other, with you, and with the content you have selected.

  • Choose Activities and Materials:
    See Phase 2, Step 2 for more information on activities and content.
  • Review Sample UConn Online Courses requested in Step 1
  • Insert your instructional materials and activities into the Course Design Plan provided in Step 1.

 

Step 5: Review and Evaluate

During this phase, use the Quality Matters (QM) Workbook to evaluate how well you have met the following standards:

  • Learning Objectives (Standards 2.1-2.5)
  • Assessment and Measurement (Standards 3.1-3.5)
  • Instructional Materials (4.1-4.6)
  • Course Activities and Learner Interaction (5.1-5.4)

See QM's overview document, Specific Review Standards from the QM Higher Education Rubric

If you haven't yet, request the Quality Matters Workbook by emailing ecampus@uconn.edu

Phase 2 BuildPhase 2 - Build

  • “What are some guidelines for creating the best video content?”
  • “Are there course templates available in HuskyCT to make my job easier?”
  • “Where can I get online and in person training on HuskyCT and other software/technologies for my course?”
  • “How can I be sure what I am building meets accepted standards for online courses?”

 

The 3 Steps of the Build Phase will help you answer these and other common questions and provide you with direct links to online training, resources, templates, and guidelines you will need to build your course.
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Step 1: Choose a HuskyCT Course Structure

eCampus has created an online course template that most UConn online courses are based on. You saw examples of this template in the sample courses from the Planning Phase. There are other ways of setting up your HuskyCT Sections as well. Choose the option below that best fits your needs..

  • Use the eCampus HuskyCT Template (named, "eCampus Template – DIY")
    Summer and Fall 2020 "Distance Learning" courses should use this template. Webinars on how to use the template will be provided but consider taking or viewing a "HuskyCT Basics" webinar, first.
  • Build from scratch by requesting your HuskyCT section as you normally would through the UITS
  • Use an existing course as the basis for your online course. Request your HuskyCT section and restore HuskyCT content as you normally would through the UITS

Once you have chosen a structure, be sure to brush up on our HuskyCT skills and get the proper training.

  • eCampus can provide seminars upon request for faculty using the eCampus Template.
  • View Educational Technologies' "HuskyCT Basics" recorded webinar.
  • View and sign-up for available seminars through the CETL under "Events".
  • HuskyCT 24x7 Support offers HuskyCT/Blackboard training and support.
    Limited face-to-face / one-on-one support is available through the Educational Technologies group at 860-486-5052.
  • Blackboard Instructor Help offers many tutorials, videos, and other resources related to building courses in Blackboard, the Learning management system we call HuskyCT.

Step 2: Build Your Modules, Activities, Assessments, Assignments, and Content

Now that you are ready to build, refer back to you Course Design Plan from the Planning Phase. You will have already identified and listed the Activities, Assessments, Assignments, and Content you need to build. The links below will help you build these elements in your course.

Step 3: Review and Evaluate

During this phase, use the Quality Matters Workbook to evaluate how well you have met the following standards:

  • Assessment and Measurement (Standards 3.1-3.5)
  • Instructional Materials (4.1-4.6)
  • Course Activities and Learner Interaction (5.1-5.4)
  • Course Technology (6.1-6.5)
  • Accessibility and Usability (8.1-8.5)

If you haven't yet, request the Quality Matters Workbook by emailing ecampus@uconn.edu

View the Quality Matters (QM) rubric, a brief overview of the standards

Phase 3 - TeachPhase 3 - Teach

  • “How can I best prepare my students for an online course?”
  • “What should I do differently when I teach my online course?”
  • “To what extent should I be available to my students?”
  • “What should I be doing during different stages of the course (before, during, and after)?”

 

The 3 Steps of the Teaching Phase will help you answer these and other common questions and provide you with best practices, timelines, and recommended strategies to prepare you for the unique teaching needs of the online environment.
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Step 1: Finalize Your Syllabus

  • Now that you have completed the course design and build, use the information from your Couse Design Plan to finalize the syllabus template you downloaded in Phase 1. We encourage you to revise the eCampus Course Syllabus Template as necessary to meet the unique nature of your online course.
  • Browse through Online Course Syllabi for more examples of online course syllabi.

Step 2: Review eCampus Knowledge Base Articles on Teaching Online

Step 3: Review and Evaluate

During this phase, use the Quality Matters Workbook to evaluate how well you have met the following standards:

  • Course Overview and Introduction (Standards 1.1-1.9)
  • Learner Support (7.1-7.4)

View the Quality Matters (QM) rubric.pdf, a brief overview of the standards