ID-201-1 Engaging Online and Hybrid Course Design

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Course runs June 4th to July 22nd

Instructor: Rebecca Kirstein; Virtual Office: by appointment, sign-up on Calendar or email:

This course is an online self-paced format with a synchronous live session component for each topic. A schedule is provided to help you stay on track and complete the course by the end of July, a fast pace for this much material.  As faculty work through each section, they will develop or revise and build content for a course they plan to teach entirely online or in a hybrid format.  Live class sessions in Zoom run every week on Mondays at 7:30 pm EDT. Recordings of the live sessions are available shortly after the event.  Within the live sessions, we will demonstrate and use different technologies that support online instruction and work with the assignments for the week.

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Online syllabus and schedule:


At the conclusion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate how to support learners and provide the necessary resources.
  • Construct learning outcomes to establish learning goals to lay the foundation for a course.
  • Tie learning outcomes to assessments and create the sequence needed for success.
  • Develop content that offers ample opportunity for interaction, community development and supports the course learning outcomes.
  • Design a course that communicates course information clearly and has an aesthetic design that is consistent.
  • Create a well-organized and easy to navigate online course that addresses accessibility issues.
  • Evaluate and implement an online course to standards developed by professional experts in the field of online/hybrid course design to meet the needs of program goals for courses in higher education.


Required: A Guide to Online Course Design: Strategies for Student Success, Tina Straveres and Tiffany Herder, 2014:

Optional:  Conquering the Content: A Blueprint for Online Course Design and Development, Robin M Smith, 2014; Continuing to Engage the Online Learner, Rita-Marie Conrad and J. Ana Donaldson, 2012


    1. Understanding Your Learners
    2. Design Of Assessment
    3. Materials and Activities
    4. Develop and Organize
    5. Course Environment
    6. Implement and Evaluate

You can follow the sequence or bypass any content you know. However, it is essential though to have the significant design components to move forward, as listed in the following concept map for ID-201-1. Design a new course, take an existing seated course and add online elements or make it entirely online. Course design is hard work as you know. Create a design book using a large three-ring binder with all your concepts, notes, and content as you go through the course. It may just become a book someday.

Concept map for all lessons


  • Section 1: Understanding Your Learners 6/7 - 6/13

    You will learn about adult learners and the keys to help them persist in the online environment. You will see a quality standards document for online courses , and we will discuss community building and student engagement.

  • Section 2: Design of Assessment 6/14 - 6/20

    We are now moving into the design phase of your course work. We begin with an analysis of your learning outcomes, add competencies and objectives, and use those resources to build your "Tests Blueprint". From the test blueprint, you will see the big picture of your course. You will create a formative and summative assessments table and design new assessments if needed that align with your outcomes.

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Rebecca Kirstein

Instructional Design Consultant / Developer at Instructional Design Effects, LLC at

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