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"Get your Bearings"
In a quality online course, a good deal of work happens before you ever step into Canvas. Going in with a vision and a plan is the first step to online teaching success, but that may be easier said than done. What does a good plan look like? What considerations do you make for an online course that you might not in a face-to-face environment? You don't have to answer these questions alone. Here are a few places to start.
Learning Design has developed a guide for you to use as you plan your online course. You can see some of the elements that are typically present and use it to help inform your own choices for your class.
Course Checklist (PDF)
In the backwards design model, you create objectives, which align with assessments, which inform your content. Crafting specific, measurable objectives for your course is the single best step you can take to ensure further success. Begin by asking, "What will my students be able to do after my course that they weren't able to do before?"
Once you have your objectives, you can map how your course will unfold. You create activities, assignments, and assessments that align with your objectives week by week, giving you an idea of how best to organize your content and balance student workload.
Now you are ready to write your syllabus. While there are many similarities to a classroom-based syllabus, there are some additional considerations to make when crafting a syllabus for an online course. An online syllabus must be thorough and detailed, and must address issues such as how best to contact you, how long it will take you to respond to inquiries or offer feedback, and technology requirements.