Attention to design ensures the development of a quality course.
While creating a course is not always linear, there are universal elements of a course that you must consider, and a general order of approach based on which elements are more foundational.
Our recommendation for designing your online course is to follow the process of Backwards Design (Wiggins & McTighe, 2005) and ensure course alignment (Fink 2013).
Go to our course design page and read through an overview of Backwards Design and how to approach course creation. Come back here when finished.
Download the Worksheet for Designing a Course. You will use this throughout the online course design process.
When you have finished reading about course design, the next step is to determine learning outcomes.