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Online Classes

We recommend that online asynchronous courses are designed as 6 or 12 session modules. This will vary by by certificate, program, or course. All course materials should be prepared and published online prior to the course start date.  Interested in teaching online? Click here to read our checklist for online course design (PDF)

Kristen Sosulski offers the following tips for designing online courses in an article published in BizEd Magazine titled "Community Building is Key to Online Learning": 


  • design structured “meet-and-greet” activities. It’s critical to connect with online students to ensure they feel supported and are aware of the resources available to them. 
  • give students a head start. Publish your course materials online prior to the start date.
  • provide opportunities to network. These can include team-building activities, discussions led by special guest experts, and group projects where students work on actual problems facing an organization.
  • use only text-based tools. Online courses must be more than posts to discussion forums —not all students communicate best through writing or learn best through reading. Encourage communication and collaboration through online workspaces that allow for synchronous and asynchronous voice, video, and text-based communications. 
  • let the end of class mean an end to learning. Learning and career development are lifelong activities. Consider allowing students to access course materials and communicate with their classmates even after the course ends.

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Essential Guide to Online Course Design uses a fresh, thoughtfully designed, step-by-step, hands-on approach.  At this guide’s core is a set of standards that are based on best practices in the field of online learning and teaching.  Pedagogical, organizational and visual design principles are presented and modeled throughout.