Explore Course Designs

Chapter 4 Explore Course Designs


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.