DESIGNING AND CONDUCTING ONLINE COURSES
The instructor of an effective and enjoyable online course generally does these things well: prepares students for the course before it starts, designs the course to provide conditions for higher-order thinking and exchange, maintains strong instructor visibility, and creates effective learning communities. The Best Practices outlined here will help online instructors design and deliver an instructionally and pedagogically sound online course. They are based on the State of California Online Educational Initiative (OEI) rubric for evaluating online courses as well as information from SRJC's Distance Education Department, SRJC's policy manual, and other sources of current research into online course design and delivery.
Design Rubric & Checklist
Lesson Planning & Instructional Strategies
Click to download and edit the Unit Planning Table (Word document) and Lesson Planning Table (Word document) as flexible yet systemic tools to design lessons that align with Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and Methods of Evaluation listed in Course Outlines of Record (COR).
Teaching with Technology
See additional resources in our Multimedia Creation and Distance Education: Teaching Tips courses in Canvas for an introduction to multimedia tools available to you and to join online discussions with SRJC faculty.
Best Practices in Detail
Follow the links below for detailed descriptions and tips for putting Best Practices into action:
- Course Design
- Communication Strategies - building strong instructor-student and student-student communication
- Learner Support