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Alignment of Learning Objectives and Assessment

This guide, with examples, describes the process of aligning course outcomes, assessments and learning activities. The featured taxonomy table can be used as a convenient planning tool with which to visually chart the balance and alignment of course elements.

Course Structure

When designing or re-designing any course content it is effective to have a course plan. A course plan is basically a blueprint to where you want to go with your course and what the final destination will be for your students. While some of the details on the blueprint may change, this large structure will continue to serve as a guide in your course design.

Syllabus Guide

This guide provides instructors with information about the goals and purposes of the syllabus, along with current Faculaty Senate syllabus policy, and a policy-compliant, downloadable, and editable template that includes required and recommended statements, components, and policies.

Online Syllabus Template

This Word document includes ready-made elements, with descriptive annotations, for an online course syllabus. The document includes placeholder text for outcomes; contact information; course description; expectations; various requirements; and recommended sections (e.g. succeeding as an online learner and access to specialized services.

Online Course Evaluation Guidelines

These guidelines, developed by CATL staff, are intended to help instructors design, deliver and improve well-designed online courses.

Online Course Planning 

This template, with examples and instructional notes, can help you plan a course. Use this worksheet to align objectives, assessments and content, as well as plan strategies for maintaining teaching presence and engaging students with significant learning experiences (activities). For a worksheet for individual modules or units, see our Module-Level Planning Worksheet.

Closed Captioning for Screencast-O-Matic

This guide explains the process of closed captioning your screencasts or webcasts that you develop on Screencast-O-Matic.  

Closed Captioning for YouTube

This guide explains the process of closed captioning your screencasts, webcasts or videos that you upload onto YouTube. 

Universal Design Guidelines for Online Course Design

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based framework that encourages a teaching and learning practice that is mindful of fostering an inclusive learning environment.  This guide describes the principles of UDL and provides examples of applying these principles into the design of your online course.

Ways to Present Content in an Online Course (PDF)

One of the most effective ways to present content in an online course is through a combination of concepts, activities, and technologies. This document outlines examples of ways to help meet the objectives of each unit and to construct layers of content that meet the course objectives.