Unit One

Designing Your Course


In this self-paced program, you will design your online course following the principles of backward design and create a well-organized, highly functional course site using Blackboard. In building the curriculum, we implemented the same principles of backward design that you will be utilizing in creating your course layout.

The program is divided into four self-paced units, each presenting
best e-learning practices, and their immediate application. Each unit contains a set of assignments combined with course material that will help you build the most of your course site. The time required to complete each unit is approximately 6 – 9 hours.

This course is for instructors who have never taught online, but also for those who have had experience with e-learning. We are thrilled to be working with you!

Module Objectives

Learning the basics of Backward Design

Organizing your course on a macro level (units/modules)

Determining course and module outcomes

Determining the balance of asynchronous to synchronous in your course

Organizing your Blackboard menu


  1. Read Bell Code and Definition of Credit Hours and determine the number and duration of course modules. Include in your syllabus the number of modules and the number of hours a student should spend on completing the work per module. [view sample]
  2. Choose between Course Planning Worksheet (list style (Word)) or Course Planning Worksheet (table style (Word)) or Course Planning Worksheet (basic spreadsheet (Excel) or Course Planning Worksheet (detailed spreadsheet (Excel) and fill out the following:
    • Course Goals/Learning Outcomes
    • Week/Unit/Topics
    • Module Objective
  3. Organize Bb menu to include at least:
    • Announcements
    • Modules
    • Syllabus
    • My Grades
    • [determine if you want to add a separate link for assignments and readings or if you want those to be accessed only through modules].

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