Course Design


Getting started

Quality courses share the same foundational elements that underpin their design, regardless of whether the class is held online, blended, or face-to-face. Read the Online Teaching Readiness Checklist [PDF - 40kb] before you start your course design. 

As you design your course, consider reflecting on the following approaches to online teaching: 

Consider your students

Consider your students, the learning outcomes, and how to achieve them. Maybe have a conversation – with a colleague, an educational developer, or perhaps a student.

Educational Developers at the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT) are available to offer help and support with your course design and course development plan. They can help you select online learning and assessment strategies to meet your course and learning objectives. 

Keep it simple

Everything takes just a little longer in the online environment. 

Log in to the Going Online Together: Dalhousie Teaching Community [NetId required] in Brightspace - all course instructors have been enrolled so it should be in the list of courses in your Brightspace list. Observe the site organization and browse the modules to find information that is most relevant to your courses. Consult Going Online Together to download the course design and course development plan templates. These documents will help you get started.

Make it flexible and accessible

Think about how to make your course as accessible and flexible as possible. 

Education Developers at CLT can help you think about Universal Design for Learning principles so your class is more accessible, inclusive, and flexible.

Generate a reading list

As soon as you are able, submit your list of readings and videos to Course Reserves at the Dalhousie Libraries for copyright clearance, purchasing or digitization as required,  and the creation of an e-reading list in your course in Brightspace. 

The Dal Libraries Copyright Office can also provide advice about Open Educational Resources (OER).

Consider instructor presence

Consider the importance of instructor presence and how you might establish this effectively online.

Academic Technology Services (ATS) is standing by to help all course instructors. They will help you learn the different instructional tools (such as Panopto and Collaborate Ultra). They can also provide direct support with course building in Brightspace. Contact ATS for support.