Course Design Process

Attention to design ensures the development of a quality course.

What is the course design process?

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.

Backwards Design

Our recommendation for designing your online course is to follow the process of Backwards Design (Wiggins & McTighe, 2005) and ensure course alignment (Fink 2013).

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Step one:

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.

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Step two:

Download the Worksheet for Designing a Course. You will use this throughout the online course design process.

Next steps

When you have finished reading about course design, the next step is to determine learning outcomes.