Instructional Design for Online and Blended Courses
- Identify a topic that you would want to design a course for to use for assignments
- It would be helpful to have some experience with teaching or developing courses.
- Students should have access to a Google Account to access Google Docs, Sheet and Classroom Templates.
This is a project-based course where the finished project will be a complete online or blended course. This course was co-written by an online university president and a Director of the Office of Innovative Teaching and Technology at one of the largest Christian universities. Key elements of the course include:
An extensive template for conducting Needs Analysis, Research and Planning for your course.
A Course Design Blueprint Template you will use as the major project for this course
Course Introduction Template
Course Syllabus Template and Checklist
Course Design Rubric you will use to self-evaluate your course
By the end of the course, students will have developed at least 6 modules of their course within the Canvas Learning Management System.
Andrew Sears is the President of City Vision University where we are bringing radically affordable education through a $2,000 associate's degree and a $5,000 bachelor's degree. I previously co-founded MIT's Internet Telephony Consortium with one of the fathers of the internet (David Clark) focused on disruption in the telecommunications industry. Before spending the past 20 years living with and serving the poor with disruptive educational technologies, Andrew worked as a consultant to Sprint, venture capitalist and internet startups.
Note, because both of the instructors for this course work at Christian higher education institutions, we have included some assignments on how to design courses to integrate faith. Students that are not interested in these topics are welcome to skip them or just view them as an example of how to design for holistic values integration and apply with your own institutional values.
This course was developed largely as a volunteer-driven project of the Christian Higher Education Innovation Alliance to build the global capacity of higher education to serve the poor and the majority world. We would also love for you to make contributions to improve the course, so if you have any suggested resources, links or other improvements, please let us know. We hope that this can become one of the best free courses available on Instructional Design, but we can only do that with help and feedback of people like you.
- Anyone wanting to design an online or blended course.
- Students who value pragmatism and cost-effectiveness in education.
- Academic leaders needing to add online and blended courses to complement their campus-based offering.
- This course is designed to be re-purposed as faculty training for smaller institutions.
- A particular focus will be on those teaching in under-resourced contexts such as the majority world or serving disadvantaged populations
- An educational director at an NGO or parachurch ministry seeking to develop a combination of an offline and blended program that could be accepted as credit by accredited institutions.
- Staff at a nonprofit, Christian ministry, missions agency or church with high quality unaccredited training program wishing to ready it for accreditation and/or an online/blended format.
- Resources for this Course00:12
- Instructional Design Models Overview10:57
- ADDIE, SAM and the Instructional Design Process (required)00:07
- Analysis: Course Needs, Research and Planning09:32
- Course Evaluation Rubrics and Design Templates Overview08:06
- Required Materials: Course Evaluation Rubrics and Course Design Templates00:29
- Optional Resources for Course Design Process, Research and Planning00:23
- Course Needs, Research and Brainstorming Template Part 11 question
- Writing Effective Learning Outcomes11:15
- Academic Faith Integration07:33
- Required Materials: Learning Outcomes and Academic Faith Integration00:24
- Optional Resources: Learning Outcomes and Academic Faith Integration00:37
- Quiz on Learning Outcomes and Academic Faith Integration7 questions
- Developing Learning Outcomes1 question
- Course Needs, Research and Brainstorming Template1 question
- Academic Assessment10 questions
- Designing Effective Course Syllabus and LMS Introduction Templates15:09
- Best Practices for Design of Syllabi and LMS Course Introductions (required)00:27
- Develop (or Improve) Your Syllabus and Syllabus Template1 question
- Develop (or improve) a Course Introduction Template for Your LMS1 question
- Using the Online Course Blueprint Template08:29
- Developing Meaningful Assessments08:31
- Required Materials: Design Your First Learning Unit00:14
- Optional Resources: Design Your First Learning Unit for Your Course00:18
- Developing a Learning Unit5 questions
- Course Needs, Research and Brainstorming Template Part 21 question
- Online Course Blueprint Template1 question
- Designing for Blended Learning Environments (required)00:18
- Designing a Blended Learning Course: Part 105:54
- Designing with Instructional Technology, OER, Videos and Screencasts07:47
- How to Design Courses in Udemy for Academic Credit08:14
- Proven Unbundling/Rebundling Models to Get Credit for Unaccredited Courses08:34
- Video Introductions, Screencasting and the SAMR Model (required)00:21
- Open Educational Resources, Textbooks and Courses (list of optional resources)00:26
- Visual and Graphic Design Tools and Resources00:13
- Video Production, Screencasting & Audio Resources (list of optional resources)00:43
- Accessibility Tools00:27
- Create a Presentation Screencast for Your Course and Upload to YouTube1 question
- Create a Course Introduction Video1 question
- Read: Canvas Instructor Getting Started Guide00:17
- Watch: Canvas Video Training00:12
- Develop Lessons 1 to 4 of Your Course in Canvas LMS1 question
- Develop Remaining Lessons of Your Course and Publish1 question
I am the President of City Vision University where our goal is to provide radically affordable online education to those serving the poor, the addicted, and the underserved. I also am a co-founder of the Christian Higher Education Innovation Alliance, which is a collaboration of leaders to support the global growth of post-secondary education serving the majority world and the poor
I previously co-founded MIT's Internet Telephony Consortium with one of the fathers of the internet (David Clark) focused on disruption in the telecommunications industry. Before spending the past 20 years living with and serving the poor with disruptive educational technologies, I worked as a consultant to Sprint, venture capitalist and internet startups.
I use learning science, technological advances, and strategic foresight to advance whole person education globally, with a particular focus on Vietnam. I have worked in the U.S. higher education system the past two decades -- first as a faculty, then as an instructional designer and technologist, and most recently, as an academic administrator.
Active in the field of instructional innovation, online/blended learning, and whole person education, I have served in leadership positions at state and national organizations, facilitated workshops at academic conferences, authored articles on the scholarship of teaching and learning, and consulted with higher education institutions throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Currently, I serve as the Digital Learning Architect and Executive Director of the Office of Innovative Teaching and Technology at Azusa Pacific University. I also serve as the Chief Academic Officer at Union University of California.