Develop: Course Design Studio [CDS]

Computer showing course building. Graphic design icons created by Flaticon.comNow that you've become familiar with some of the common resources and tools, it's time to start building your course. Common practice is to start by creating the Welcome/ Introductory block then set up your weekly course structure. Once you have the structure laid out, start working on resources (readings, videos, lectures) and activities (quizzes, assignments, group work, etc.) for Week 1. Use this format as your template for the rest of the term.

Be sure to refer to OSCQR, the Open SUNY Course Quality Review Rubric. It is an excellent resource for course building. Course building can be a daunting process–remember ID Services is here to help you every step of the way.

Course Design Studio (CDS) is the supported course development workspace for faculty to get the course created. Upon completion of Course Design Introduction (CDI), including completing a course plan (CP) and approval from the dean, faculty can access the Course Development Studio (CDS) and work individually with an instructional designer and ATC staff for assistance developing the course. This virtual workspace is a paid opportunity (up to 60 hours at the CD rate). 

The following document outlines the course development process:

  • Full Course Development (Create a new course or redesign a course for a new modality)
  • Prereqs: Completion of Course Design Introduction, Course Plan and approval from your dean

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Let's Chat letter "I" for information. Information icon created by Flaticon.comInterested in talking more about actual course building? Whether it's a brief get-together just to answer questions or a full session on a particular topic or software we're here to help. Schedule a course development consultation here and one of our team will be happy to meet.

For workshops or training event information go to Workshops, Training, and Course Development.
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Deeper Dive–Course Development Resources


Lane has several resources already available to assist faculty who want a head-start on distance education course development. You will need to be logged into Moodle and/or your Lane Google Suite account to access some of the site-building materials.

IDS Moodle Course Template
We introduced the template in our design phase. Remember, the template can be quickly added to any Moodle course. It provides fill-in-the-blank resources that can be customized to fit your needs and style while making sure that necessary policies and procedures are in place. It also provides a predictable setup of assignments for students. This template is based on OSCQR.
IDS Course Template (Login to Moodle and enroll to view the template. You may unenroll at any time.)

Getting Started with your Welcome/ introduction block and Week 1
This course development checklist is to be used as a guide for the initial development of distance education courses. The checklist is used in collaboration with the OSCQR. It covers creating the Welcome block/ introductory area and Week 1 of your course.
Take a look at the course development checklist: ID Services - Getting Started Guidelines

Continue building with accessibility in mind
You've probably already completed the CDI Accessibility module and have reviewed the Creating an Equitable Learning Environment material. You're ready to make your course and course documents as accessible as possible. We have another tool that can help, ALLY. We have installed a Moodle plugin called ALLY. ALLY is a system that identifies and helps make course documents and images more accessible. Once the documents and images are identified, we will work together to make them accessible. 
Use this handy checklist to help you stay on track:  Accessibility Checklist 

Including Media in your Course

Media-rich courses can offer students an engaging experience. We have many resources to help you include digital media in your courses.

Media Services and video recording: Need something beyond a screencast? Media Services can work with faculty to design and record digital offerings that enhance your distance education course delivery. Our instructional design team can work with you to coordinate how, when, and where more complex digital media may be appropriate in your course.

Media Captioning: Did you know recent studies show more than half of students in online courses will use video captioning to enhance their learning? We can help you make sure your videos provide clear, accessible, and accurate captions. Academic Technology contracts with an outside captioning firm. Check with the ATC for more information.

The resources below are carried over from the Discovery phase but they will continue to be an asset in planning and building your course.

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