Introduction to Course Design


Welcome to Course Design, the first module of Promoting Instructional Excellence (PIE)!

After you’ve completed this module, you will be able to:

  • Apply the principles of Backwards Design to your course
  • Align Student Learning Outcomes to course activities, assignments, and assessments
  • Create a course map to use for designing or redesigning your course

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Before we begin, let’s take a moment to consider our starting point. Please answer the following four questions about your experience.


Transitioning a Course Online

Transitioning a face-to-face course online happens over time and depends on the developer’s level of readiness and the format of the materials.

Click the bars in the interaction below to learn more about the timeline to transition a course online.



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