Consider Course Strategies

Chapter 3 Consider Course Strategies


Course strategies are the general approaches teachers use to help students effectively meet learning outcomes. The first consideration in designing a course to be delivered partially or fully online is to determine how much of the course will take place in the classroom versus online. A few definitions are in order:

Types of Online Courses

  • Online: courses offered 100% online.
  • Hybrid: courses that require some face-to-face meetings with 51% to 99% of instruction happening online.
  • Blended: a course with some online materials, representing 50% or less of the instruction. 
  • Web-enhanced: face-to-face courses with online materials.

Course Design Strategies: The Basics

In selecting the type of online course you will teach, consider how students will best achieve the same student learning outcomes (skills and knowledge) as they would if they took the course face-to-face. Think about how:

  • the information will be delivered in an online format,
  • how you will interact and engage with students,
  • how the students will complete assignments,
  • how you will measure the students’ learning,
  • and how you will obtain feedback from students to determine what’s working, what’s not, and to make changes, as needed. 

The design process for online classes is similar to what use in your face-to-face classes; the difference is that you will use technology in the design and implementation of your course. It is highly recommended that your first online course be one that you have taught in face-to-face so you are familiar with the instructional materials (i.e., textbook, assignments, assessment/grading, etc.). For more information, see moving a face-to-face class to an online environment.