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Introduction: Designing for Online Learning

Designing an Effective Course

Quality online instruction requires effective planning and attention to detail, but the process doesn’t have to be tedious and can even enhance your face-to-face courses. These resources in this section of our website can give you insight on course design that will create the most engaging learning environment for your students.

Communicating Expectations: Suggestions for Writing Learning Outcomes

  • Design the class so students “interrogate the content” and have opportunities to use knowledge and skill in context. Use questions that get at matters of deep understanding. Design time spent in class such that it is essential to understanding the material and performing the assessments.
  • Tell students about the work that is expected of them in the class.
  • Tell them how much time you expect assignments to take. Suggest ways for them to organize their notes.
  • Emphasize the importance of holding high standards for academic excellence.

Instruction at FSU: A Guide to Teaching & Learning Practices

Instruction at FSU:
A Guide to Teaching & Learning Practices

This handbook has been designed to help those instructional faculty and graduate teaching assistants who are interested in being more effective teachers. It offers strategies used by experienced instructors and presents instructional methods and techniques following four components of Instructional Design: Course Planning, Lesson Delivery, Student Testing and Grading, and Course Revision and Evaluation.

Creating Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes communicate expectations for the course content, and clarify assessment measures for both you and the students. They don’t have to be difficult to write. In fact, the more clear and concise the language, the greater the likelihood that students will be able to use them to structure their learning.

To learn how to write effective outcomes, see

Step 2: Mapping and Designing

Course design process graphic<- Previous step: Online Readiness

Learn what high-quality, effective online instruction entails, map out the contents of your course, and identify the activities and resources you and your students will need, using the resources linked below:

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