Course Design & Development

Emory & Henry College is committed to supporting faculty and students through best practices in teaching and learning. E&H Online has curated the following set of vetted resources as an essential toolkit that includes actionable steps and an overall learning strategy for quality course design, development, and delivery.

Quick Overview of Contents

Best Practices

Get started with specific, measurable, and effective Learning Objectives


Learning Materials need to be aligned with the Learning Objectives, Learning Activities, and Assessments.

Learning Materials provide important core information that students will learn, apply, and experience in the course. They require careful planning, selection, organization, and utilization in a course in order to create excellence in students’ learning experience.

Consider the following questions when you select learning materials for your courses:

  • Are the learning materials aligned with stated Learning Objectives?
  • What will learners explore?
  • What will learners achieve after completing the course?
  • How will you ensure interaction and engagement with learners?


Important Note:

  • For lecture or educational videos, please make sure to provide captions or transcripts to meet Accessibility Standards. Refer to How to Add Video Captions.
  • If the library has an electronic copy of the book, please use permlinks to link the material.
  • If the library has a physical copy, please submit an ereserve request and work with a librarian to have the learning materials integrated with your Moodle course site.
    • Provide a direct purchase link for a textbook or publisher’s e-portal that learners will need to purchase.
    • For the learning materials that learners will not be purchasing, explore E&H library and see if it already has a copy of the book chapters, articles, etc. (unless they are within public domain and under Creative Commons licenses).

Learning Activities 

The purpose of Learning Activities is to facilitate learner interaction and engagement with the course content, with their peers, and with their instructor. Active learning activities promote learner success.

  • Align Learning Activities with stated Learning Objectives.
  • Provide detailed guidelines, instructions, or directions for different learning activities.
  • Use rubrics to communicate clear expectations as well as grading criteria.
  • Design activities that enhance learner interaction and engagement.
  • Integrate opportunities for self-assessment and peer review throughout the course.
  • Encourage opportunities for learner autonomy and reflection.



Pedagogy first, Technology second. When we consider the variety of assessment methods, it is important to keep in mind how technology, applied appropriately and effectively, will enhance the learning experience.

The ultimate goal of assessment is to create a better learning experience. Assessment needs to be aligned with stated Learning Objectives.

  • Establish the purpose of assessment.
  • Integrate clear rubrics of different assessment methods.
  • Use a variety of assessment methods to reach learners of different learning styles.
  • Innovate with alternative assessment methods.


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