Course description

In this course, students explore the fundamental elements of online course design and how to be practitioners of instructional design in a world where online learning is constantly changing. Students examine and establish the qualities of a good online course through the lenses of foundational learning theories, design-thinking principles, and the practical realities of course design. Over the course of the semester, students create and workshop an online learning project of their choice. Course topics include working with subject matter experts, creating student connection, translating face-to-face learning experiences, selecting online learning tools, designing assessments, and evaluating course success.


  • Manager of Faculty Development, Division of Continuing Education, Harvard University

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Extension School

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