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Teaching & Learning Center Workshop

Designing an Exemplary Course (summer session)

Online in UBlearns
Free (Registration for Faculty, Staff and Students)
(716) 645-7700 (
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If you are new to designing an online course, or just want to discover ways to improve your existing online course, this is the workshop for you. Designing an Exemplary Course is an online course that not only covers theoretical concepts but also provides practical tips and tools to help you organize, build, interact and assess in your online or blended course. Topics include Course Design, Interaction, Assessment and Learner Support.

This course is offered through UBlearns and runs for 5 weeks. The 1st module will run for two weeks to accommodate the July 4th holiday. The remaining modules each run for just one week.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the qualities of an exemplary course;
  • Integrate these qualities into your own course development;
  • Evaluate online course components and strategies.

This course is based on Blackboard's Exemplary Course Program which awards honors to course creators who demonstrate best practices in course design. The course has been redesigned by a group of UB instructional support staff from the Shared Faculty Resources (SaFaRi), whose charge is to curate, develop, distribute and review the quality of online educational resources. SaFaRi is a sub-committee of the UB Online Learning Collaborative (OLC).

This is a fully asynchronous course which does not have any scheduled meeting times. Extensive resources are included and it's up to you to determine how much time you'd like to commit. Each of the four sections includes viewing a short 20 minute video, a discussion forum post, and a minimum of one additional activity in each module as the basic requirements. You can also choose to spend much more time reviewing resources, completing optional activities, and communicating and sharing your thoughts with others.

Registrants will receive an email just prior to the start date with instructions about how to access the UBlearns course.