Online Course Design Resources

Beth Jensen and Julie Adams, your eLearning Support staff, are available to help you develop your online courses in the D2L Brightspace environment.

In addition, you can check out the resources below for information on such topics as course design, adult learning theory, active learning, etc.

2018-19 Minnesota State Faculty Development Activities
This flyer includes information on system priorities, conferences and communications. Priorities include Equity & Inclusion, Open Educational Resources, Online Teaching, Faculty Collaborations, Credit for Prior Learning, Teaching and Learning Competency Courses, and Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence.

Check out the Faculty Development Connect Site, login with and your StarID password.

Considerations in Online Course Design

Paul A. Creasman, Ph.D. • Arizona Christian University

With distance and online learning becoming ubiquitous in higher education, the need for faculty to be able to create quality online courses is greater than ever. This article offers practical advice for those faced with the challenge of creating their first online course. Characteristics of the online medium are explored. Then, drawing upon Chickering and Gamson’s (1987) principles of good practice, five principles for online course planning and design are discussed: collaborative learning, connecting course concepts, instructor social presence and interaction, balancing the amount of course information with student commitment and persistence, and matching course outcomes with technological options. The article ends with a short case study showing how the suggestions have been implemented in an online course.

General theories/models of learning
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education provides a brief overview of learning models, including the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic model; Kolb’s model; the cognitive ability model; and the personality style model.
  • The National Academies Press provides an electronic text of How People Learn, by the Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. The text provides a comprehensive review of research on learning, including the design of learning environments, effective teaching, teacher learning, and technology to support learning.
  • The Theory into Practice (TIP) database contains brief summaries of 50 major learning theories and strategies, which can be accessed by concept or learning domain.
  • William J. Rappaport from SUNY Buffalo provides a brief overview of Perry’s scheme of intellectual and ethical development
Theories of adult learning
Active Learning in Online Courses

Executive Summary: While the use of active learning strategies in traditional classrooms continues to increase, active learning remains an underutilized teaching technique in online educational environments. Our training program will teach developers of college-level online courses how to design and implement active learning strategies in online courses.

Strategies to Incorporate Active Learning Into Online Teaching