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Express Course Design & Development

Things to keep in mind

Principles of course design are the same for a face-to-face course, fully online course or remote teaching. Keep the following in mind:

Principles of course design

Principles of course design remain the same regardless of the modality of the course (remote, blended or fully online).

Course Design

A well-designed course includes meaningful learning outcomes aligned with assessment, learning activities and content.

Quality Matters

Quality Matters provides excellent guidelines and tips for the design of courses. See available resources.


Moving from face-to-face course to online course can interrupt your student assessment plans. Use the Virtual campus (Brightspace) to ensure a smooth process for submitting student assignments, implementing quizzes and providing feedback.

Be kind to yourself

Be kind to yourself and your students. Redesigning a course takes time; teaching and learning remotely is a change for you and your students. Consider adding a resource section in your course with links to student support and wellness tips.

Course design

Constructive alignment


A well-designed course includes meaningful learning outcomes aligned with assessment, learning activities and content. Course alignment and measurable learning outcomes are key to good course design. In this video, Professor Sylvie Lamoureux from the Faculty of Arts, describes the importance of learning outcomes, the process of writing learning outcomes and the relationship between learning outcomes and different types of courses.

Need help writing learning outcomes? Try this interactive tool or contact the TLSS to arrange a consult.

Webinar Training series on course design and development

The TLSS offers a webinar series to show you how to create your courses.

The transition from a traditionally classroom-based course to a distance/online format relies on a combination of instructional and technology-based actions. To help you make this transition, the following section provides a series of strategies and tools to facilitate the development of an online course. Depending on your level of expertise and your needs, you can follow our step-by-step model or go directly to sections that meet your particular needs.

Click on the image below to learn more and watch the recorded webinars in face to face or on demand.

Representation of the three steps of a course design: Mapping, Communicating, Developing.

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