Overall Course Design

Do you need to create an online course? Are you looking to improve the design of your Moodle course? Check out these guides, resources, and strategies for designing your course.

Creating a Course

Step-by-Step Online Course Creation Guide  – Use this guide to help you start creating your online course.

DELTA Course Design – A resource page for online course creation, including details about consultations, the Course Quality Program, and DELTA Grants.

Course Design Planning and Improvement

Example Courses – Have you ever wondered what a really well-designed course looks like?

Course Quality Program at NC State – Learn more about our professional development opportunities designed to help faculty who currently teach online improve their online or blended course based on Quality Matters.

Large Course Redesign – Learn how to redesign a whole course to achieve better learning outcomes and accommodate enrollment growth.

Course Mapping Tutorial – A course map can help you plan and organize your course. This video series explains how a course map works and walks through the process of creating one.

Best Practices for Designing Your Moodle Course – DELTA workshop resources for designing online courses in Moodle.

Course Maps Support Student SuccessHow do you create a well-organized course for a successful learning experience?  The course map walks you through each step and evaluates the components of your course and aligns your course objectives to achieve students’ learning outcomes. (This link will take you to a DELTA News article.)

Best Practices

Tips for Organizing Your Moodle Course — How can you organize the layout of your Moodle course so that students can focus their energy on learning?

Online Course Best Practices – There are numerous ways to teach an engaging, effective online course. By following basic best practices, instructors can optimize the online learning experience.

Active Learning – Steps for engaging students in the learning process.

Best Practices for Creating Learning Objectives – Description of what makes good learning objectives and examples of them.

Commonly Used Instructional Design Models – Overview of the most common instructional design models based on various learning theories in the realms of behaviorism, cognitivism and constructivism.

Twelve Principles of Multimedia Learning – Principles covering personalization, voice, image and more that shape the design and organization of multimedia presentations.

Nine Instructional Events for Direct Instruction Design – This table applies the framework of the nine instructional events to support lecture design.

Tools and Templates

Online Course Syllabus Template – Provide clarity to students with a syllabus template that includes example language and required university policies. Clicking on the link will prompt you to make a copy of the Google Doc template, which you can then edit.

Course Map Template – Plan out your course and ensure alignment of course components with this course map template. Clicking on the link will prompt you to make a copy of the Google Doc template, which you can then edit.

Course Overview Template – Explain the purpose and structure of the course in a Course Overview document. Clicking on the link will prompt you to make a copy of the Google Doc template, which you can then edit.

Welcome Letter Template – Let students know how to get started in your course by sending a welcome letter before the start of class. Clicking on the link will prompt you to make a copy of the Google Doc template, which you can then edit.

Online Learning Expectations Template – Clearly communicate your expectations for behavior and participation in your online course. Clicking on the link will prompt you to make a copy of the Google Doc template, which you can then edit.

Additional Resources

Instructional Design Interest Group – Join the NC State instructional design interest group, which was created as a way to bring together faculty and staff who have an interest in the different aspects of instructional design including layouts, best practices and useful tools for learning and assessment.