Online course development transitioned to the new UM-System Office of eLearning. Programs and policies are currently being re-envisioned and updated. This webpage will be updated to reflect those changes when more information becomes available. In the meantime, please see the UM-System Office of eLearning Workshops and Seminars for information on current online design and teaching offerings.

Course Development Best Practices

  1. Create a welcoming home page for the course
  2. Reduce the number of navigation menu items to those you’re using
  3. Create a “Getting Started” module
  4. Course organized in modules (by theme, chapter, topic, week)
  5. Minimize # of items in a module by grouping resources in the assignment/discussion prompt
  6. Ensure due dates for assignments and exams are updated so it populates into calendar
  7. Hide syllabus button if you’re regularly adding content and assignments during the semester. Load your syllabus as a file in a module