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
- Guidelines for Writing Effective Learning Objectives
- General Standard 2, Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric, Sixth Edition
- Bloom’s Taxonomy Action Verbs
- Articulate Your Learning Objectives, Carnegie Mellon University
- Objective Builder Tool, Arizona State University
- Objective Builder Tool, University of Central Florida
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?
- General Standard 4, Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric, Sixth Edition
- Instructional Materials, Design+Teach+Engage, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Creating Effective Lecture Videos, Arizona State University
- Creating Effective Educational Videos, University of Oklahoma
- Making Your Own Videos, University of California, Davis
- Effective Educational Videos, Vanderbilt University
- 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).
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.
- General Standard 5, Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric, Sixth Edition
- Interactive Classroom Activities, Brown University
- Student-Centered Remote Teaching: Lessons Learned from Online Education
- Getting Started with Active Learning Techniques, Cornell University
- Icebreakers for Online Classes
- Getting Your Students to Engage with Course Readings
- Improving Breakout Room Discussions in Online Teaching by Using Collaborative Documents
- 10 Tips for Effective Online Discussions
- Teaching Outside the Classroom, Vanderbilt University
- Community-Based Learning: Service Learning, University of Illinois
- Project-Based Learning: Teaching Guide, Boston University
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.
- General Standard 3, Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric, Sixth Edition
- Online Assessment, Pennsylvania State University
- Designing effective online assessment, University College London
- Online Assessment in Higher Education, University of Calgary
- Effective Assessment in a Digital Age, the Higher Education Funding Council for England
- How to Effectively Assess Online Learning, Magna Publications
- Adaptive Learning: Implementation, Scaling, and Lessons Learned
- E&H: Strong and Safe Together
- Association of College and University Educators (ACUE)’s Online Teaching Toolkit
- QM Emergency Remote Instruction Checklist
- Bloom’s Taxonomy
- Universal Design in Learning
- Inclusive Teaching and Course Design
- Accessibility and Privacy Statements and Policies
- Technology, Equality and Accessibility in College and Higher Education Act
- Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education Act
- ADA Compliance for Online Course Design
- Accessibility Rubric
- Moodle Accessibility Features, Amherst College
- EDUCAUSE Accessibility Guidelines
- Designing an Accessible Online Course, University of Arkansas
- 5 Tips for ADA-Compliant Inclusive Design
- Zoom Accessibility Best Practices
- Microsoft Accessibility Center Resources
- Open Educational Resources (OER), University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
- Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources, American University
- Open Educational Resources Repositories, Eastern Michigan University
- Guidelines for open educational resources (OER) in higher education, UNESCO and Commonwealth of Learning
- Author an Open Educational Resource, University of Nevada
- Dramatically Bringing Down the Cost of Education with OER: How Open Education Resources Unlock the Door to Free Learning
- The Impact of OER Initiatives on Faculty Selection of Classroom Materials, WCET & Bay View Analytics
- Emory & Henry College Copyright and Fair Use Policy
- More Information on Fair Use, U.S. Copyright Office
- Measuring Fair Use: The Four Factors, Stanford University
- Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines, University of Maryland Global Campus
Interested in launching an online course or program? Contact email@example.com for approval and launch process.