Principles of Online Course Design

We believe strong online courses...

  • Are designed with adult learners in mind

  • Apply an objective-driven approach to design

  • Make it evident to students how all course elements (content, activities, grades) support their achievement of the course objectives

  • Use streamlined navigation

  • Connect course concepts to real world experiences

  • Reflect the expertise of its developer in commentary and guidance throughout the course

  • Generate interaction between students that encourages reflection, analysis, and/or evaluation

  • Evaluate student learning at multiple points using various styles of assessment

  • Provide effective structure in support of student learning and time management

  • Integrate media and content into a rich learning experience