Explore Course Designs

Chapter 3 Course Design & Development

Designing an online course can feel mysterious to teachers new to online learning. Explore how your faculty peers are teaching online in the videos below. Next, learn about the latest research about effective online teaching approaches. Then consider the various layout options available in Canvas and start planning your lessons.

Tours of Online Courses

The videos below provide "tours" of online courses at SRJC that align with the OEI course design criteria. Feel free to steal these ideas for your own course design!

Joseph Harrington gives us a tour of his fully online Spanish 1 class. He also talks about how teaching online allows him to reach more students, about his interactionist approach to teaching, and some of his favorite tools, including ConferZoom for real-time conferencing with students. 

SRJC instructor Hannah Saffold gives us a tour of her online Elementary Nutrition class, which provides an introduction to the basic principles of nutrition science. In her Canvas course, a prominent feature are the dozens of short videos that she created using Screencast-o-matic.

SRJC instructor Kim Kinahan gives us a tour of her hybrid business course, Marketing Your Skills, which meets on campus 4 times during the semester. She tells us about the students who typically take the course and how she organizes materials and activities in Canvas so that students are ready for the face-to-face meetings. She also shows dynamic content she created using easy multimedia tools. 

Assessment Options

Case-Based Learning with Canvas

Consider integrating Canvas quizzes into a problem-based learning approach. Problem-Based Learning is a teaching method in which students grapple with real-world problems or cases.

In this 10-minute video, SRJC faculty Scott Snyder invited us to his face-to-face Emergency Medical Technician class in which he uses case-based learning. 

  • First, he explains why he "flipped" his class by replacing lectures with problem-solving activities. 
  • Then, he shares his resources in Canvas that students access before each class to prepare for the hands-on work. 
  • He also describes how he facilitates in-class activities with the help of volunteer TAs, including former students who have formed a culture of enthusiasm for case-based learning.

Multimedia Quizzes in Spanish with Araceli Osorio

SRJC Faculty Araceli Osorio shares her creative use of Canvas quizzes, in which she includes multimedia elements from images and video to audio recordings.

Canvas Rubric Tools

Faculty member Dr. George Sellu shares rubrics he uses at SRJC. And, I’ll show you how to create your own rubrics in Canvas and use them for scoring student work in Speedgrader.