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Course Description

This fully online, two-week course provides new online instructors with the foundation for developing an engaging, student-centered, online course. Learners will apply best practices in online course design to develop the framework for an online course organized into manageable content modules that are aligned with clear, measurable learning objectives as well as effectively communicated course policies and instructor expectations.

Course Outcomes

By the successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Apply learner-centered principles of online course design to your own online course.
  2. Evaluate the unique opportunities and challenges of teaching an online course.
  3. Develop an interactive, online syllabus with a clear instructor communication and online etiquette policy.


Quality Online Learning & Teaching (QOLT) is a framework to support a faculty member's effective online teaching development. QOLT is comprised of nine principles, derived from national benchmarks in online teaching and learning. CSUCI's online faculty training series is designed to support faculty with the design and development of an online course that effectively fulfills the QOLT principles.

CSUCI QOLT Resources

  • Completion of this course supports mastery of QOLT Sections 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, and 9.

Instructor Information

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  • Email is the quickest way to reach me but I am may be reached through any of the methods listed on the syllabus.
  • I agree to respond to your inquiries within 24 hours during the week (Mon-Fri). I take breaks on the weekend. :) While I may respond quickly on the weekend too, it is not guaranteed.
  • If you don't hear from me within 24 hours, assume I didn't receive your message (issues do occur with technology!) and contact me again.

To my online learners,

Welcome! As you get settled into our online class, please understand that regular and effective communication between you and I is essential to your success as an online learner. Remember, I cannot see you throughout your learning experience and, therefore, will be unaware of many of your challenges and struggles unless you bring them to my attention. As an online learner, you must take accountability for your learning and understand how to effectively communicate with me. I look forward to learning online with you!


Course Duration &


  • This course is 2 weeks long.
  • It is organized into 2 learning modules, each of which is 1 week long. Each learning module will begin on a Wednesday and end on Tuesday.
  • You will have assignments due on different days and you will be responsible for tracking these dates throughout each unit.

How can the way you design your online course affect your students' learning?

Required Materials & Technology Requirements

  • All content materials will be provided to participants in Blackboard.
  • In this class, you will use your CI (Google) Docs account. To access CI Docs, click here.
  • Participants must have regular access to a computer (not a mobile device)
    A recently upgraded web browser
  • Regular access to the internet

Learner Expectations

  • This is a fast-paced course that requires regular engagement throughout each of the two weeks.
  • Review the due dates for the assignments (see Content Overview section) to orient yourself to the flow of the learning.
  • You are expected to log into CILearn on the first day of each learning unit (starting with day 1 of the course) to assess the new learning unit, orient yourself to the due dates for the week, and plan your study time.
  • Online classes are deceiving. Often new online learners expect them to be easier than face-to-face classes and are surprised to learn how challenging they can be. If you find yourself needing assistance, it is your responsibility to reach out for extra help. I am here to help you as needed, but I need you to maintain open communications with me throughout the class.
  • Ensure you have approximately 10 hours per week to spend on this class and take time to identify where and when you’ll do your learning.

Learning Environment

This course is designed to teach you practical skills needed to design effective, student-centered online courses. To meet these objectives:

  • Participants in this course will identify an online course and begin to design two modules of the class by the end of this 2-week course (if you are not sure which class you will teach yet, then select a course you have taught face-to-face).
  • You will be expected to participate in online
    discussions and small group activities.
  • You will also begin to develop the foundation of an effective online, interactive syllabus by the end of this course.

Course Policies

Late Work

  • Due dates are clearly shared in advance and participants are expected to submit work on time.
  • As this is a professional development course, all efforts will be made to accommodate situations that may interfere with your learning, provided that you inform me of your situation and request an extension for assignments prior to the due date (unless it's an emergency, of course).
  • Keep in mind, online learning is fast-paced and community-oriented. When there is a gap in your participation, the class community will develop without you. Therefore, the group activities will not have the same outcomes for you if you complete them after their designated due dates.

Cheating and Plagiarism

  • This course will adhere to CSUCI’s academic dishonesty policy. (Note to faculty: this is a professional development course. This line is included in this syllabus to demonstrate effective syllabus practice for online courses at CI.)

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

  • Cal State Channel Islands is committed to equal educational opportunities for qualified students with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The purpose of Disability Resource Program is to assist students with disabilities to realize their academic and personal potential. Students with disabilities needing accommodation are required to contact the Disability Program office at (805) 437-3331. All requests for accommodations need appropriate advance notice by the student to avoid a delay in services. Please discuss approved accommodations with faculty.

Technical Support

If you experience technical problems in this course, you should do the following:

  1. Clear your browser’s cache
  2. Try a different browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Chrome)
  3. Shut down and restart your computer
  4. Contact the University Help desk or 805-437-8552

How to Earn a Completion

Participants who sucessfully complete the following items will earn a "Course Completion." A successful completion is designated by a "checkmark" in the CILearn grade book.

  1. Start Your Online Syllabus
  2. Online Course Roadmap: Phase 1
  3. Online Course Roadmap: Phase 2
  4. Online Course Roadmap: Phase 3
  5. Course Design Reflection

Online Etiquette

  • By participating in this class, you agree to abide by our community groundrules at all times. Please take a moment to read them now.

Content Overview

Module #1

Principles in
Online Course Design

DUE DAY 2 at 10:00 PT

  • Complete all items in the Start Here area
  • Sign up for a Group (Click the “Groups” area to access the sign up sheets)

DUE DAY 4 at 10:00 PT

  • Submit the Group Activity “Writing Effective Learning Objectives”

DUE DAY 7 at 10:00 PT

  • Submit the “Start Your Online Syllabus” assignment

Module #2

Developing Your
Online Course Roadmap

DUE DAY 3 at 11:00pm PT

  • Online Course Roadmap - Phase 1: Share Draft in the Course Roadmap Feedback Room forum
  • Contribute a “new thread” in the Think Like an Architect discussion forum

DUE DAY 4 at 11:00pm PT

  • Online Course Roadmap - Phase 2: Share feedback on two of your peers’ Online Course Roadmap drafts

DUE DAY 6 at 11:00pm PT

  • Reply to at least one post in the Think Like an Architect discussion forum

DUE DAY 7 at 11:00pm PT

  • Online Course Roadmap - Phase 3: Submit your “Online Course Design Roadmap” to Michelle via CI Docs.
  • Course Design Reflection
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