Online Course Design Workshop Series


Are you interested in learning more about the process of designing and facilitating an online course? In this three-part series, you will explore the theory and practice of online course design, the development of online assessments and learning activities, and the creation of online community and instructor presence.


Addressing key considerations in the design or redesign of online courses, these sessions are intended to walk you through the process of planning, designing and facilitating your online course. Explore alternative assessment structures and options for creating engaging content as you get started on the design of a dynamic and manageable online course.

What to expect 

Each of the sessions involves a mix of discussion, presentation, and hands-on work.

Workshops in the Series

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Online Course Design Workshop 1: Situating Your Course for Online Delivery


Effective online design requires careful planning and alignment of learning outcomes, assessments and instructional/learning activities. In this workshop, you will explore situational factors impacting your course design while getting started on the creation of your course map.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify situational factors affecting the design of your course
  • Draft your course learning outcomes
  • Create a concept map for your course considering situational factors and learning outcomes 

Typically offered in October.

Online Course Design Workshop 2: Designing Alternative Online Assessments


In the second workshop in our online course design series, you will have an opportunity to think through the development of a student-centred assessment plan. We will explore alternate and authentic assessment options and showcase educational technologies which foster collaboration, critical thinking and digital literacy and enable students to demonstrate their learning in non-traditional ways.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Explain the need to adapt traditional assessments for the online environment
  • Determine an approach to assessing online learning 
  • Translate and adapt traditional assessments for the online environment
  • Implement strategies that maximize online engagement and offer students choice in representing their learning process
  • Identify tools and strategies to provide timely feedback, track student progress, and streamline the assessment process

Typically offered in November.

Online Course Design Workshop 3: Engaging Students Online


When exploring ways of positively influencing student learning online, it is important to consider instructional strategies and techniques that enhance the learning experience and promote meaningful engagement. In this workshop, you will explore the transition from teaching to facilitating online and learn useful strategies to design and create engaging online learning experiences.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective strategies for establishing teaching presence 
  • Identify strategies to develop meaningful relationships with students in an online learning environment 
  • Design and implement strategies to create engaging and meaningful learning experiences in an online setting.

Typically offered in November.


These sessions are aimed at faculty, instructors and graduate students interested in the design and facilitation of online courses.

Date and Time

Sessions are 2 hours in length.

You may choose to attend one or more sessions. Completing other workshops in the series prior to attending is not a requirement.


Typically offered virtually via Zoom

Upcoming Sessions

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