Instructional Design for Online and Blended Courses

Build Online Courses Using Best Practices from Free Templates We Provide
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Complete the design of an online or blended course using best practices.
Use our template to conduct analysis, research and planning for your course.
Design each week of your course using our course template and use the OSCQR rubric to evaluate your course for best practices.
Design using latest technology, videos and screencasts to improve the engagement of your course.
Develop and publish your course in Canvas (or other system) based on the course blueprint you designed.
For those who come from Christian institutions, you will apply best practices to integrate a Christian worldview into course design.

Requirements

  • 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.

Description

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.

Who this course is for:

  • 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.

Course content

8 sections29 lectures2h 10m total length
  • Introduction
    07:52
  • Resources for this Course
    00:12
  • Instructional Design Models Overview
    10:57
  • ADDIE, SAM and the Instructional Design Process (required)
    00:07
  • Analysis: Course Needs, Research and Planning
    09:32
  • Course Evaluation Rubrics and Design Templates Overview
    08:06
  • Required Materials: Course Evaluation Rubrics and Course Design Templates
    00:29
  • Optional Resources for Course Design Process, Research and Planning
    00:23
  • Course Needs, Research and Brainstorming Template Part 1
    1 question

Instructors

University President focused on Disruptive Innovation
Andrew Sears
  • 4.5 Instructor Rating
  • 538 Reviews
  • 15,601 Students
  • 8 Courses

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. 

Digital Learning Architect
Michael Truong
  • 4.0 Instructor Rating
  • 209 Reviews
  • 6,236 Students
  • 1 Course

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.