Discover: Course Design Introduction [CDI]

A magnifying glass for the discovery phase. Discovery icons created by discovery phase is an exploration of the distance education course development process; information gathering, learning about best practices, basic LMS training, and finding out if your course is a good fit for distance education delivery. 

Join your faculty colleagues and an instructional designer in a distance education course covering current research and best practices around distance education teaching using OSCQR (Open Suny Course Quality Review Rubric) as our guide. There will also be an introduction to accessibility and universal design. This course is facilitated by an instructional designer. The course is asynchronous and fully online. It is paid at 10hrs at CD rate. Any faculty member teaching this year is eligible to participate. You do not need to have already been assigned a course for a future term to enroll in CDI. 

This course is a prereq for all course development work funded through ID Services.""

Fall session:

CDI Course Objectives

  • Module 1: Introduction to Distance Education Teaching–Demonstrate familiarity with online learner success resources for students & faculty.
  • Module 2: Accessibility for Distance Education Courses–Determine the elements that make producing accessible courses and course materials possible.
  • Module 3: Course Materials and Activities–Recognize effective online learning materials, including course activities, interactions, and assessments.
  • Module 4: Course Interaction/RSI–Reflect on effective learner-learner, learner-instructor, and learner-content interaction techniques through the lens of student success strategies.
  • Module 5: Course Planning and Backward Design–Analyze and apply the three stages of backward design to a course-level learning outcome.

Let's have a chat!

Let's Chat letterInterested in talking more? Schedule an initial consultation here and one of our team will be happy to support you in your next distance ed course endeavor–or we can schedule a brief get-together just to talk shop!

For workshops or training event information go to Workshops, Training, and Course Development.
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OSCQR (Open Suny Course Quality Rubric)

One of the main concerns of faculty teaching a distance ed course is in making sure the course holds the same rigor and level of engagement as a traditional face-to-face course. There are so many things to think about when developing a distance ed course; aligning work with institutional learning outcomes, learner engagement, social discourse, assessment and measurement, working with technology, and much more. With this in mind, we turn to the SUNY OSCQR model for creating quality courses. 
View: OSCQR (Open Suny's website) 


Web-ready content requires in-depth consideration of how all students can access course materials. Find information here on how to work with our team to build an accessible course from the ground up, or drop into a workshop to find out more about what accessibility means in the distance ed realm.
Learn more: Accessibility for Distance Education Courses


Providing students with low- or no-cost digital materials can increase course completion and engagement. Whether you’re starting from scratch or already have materials in mind, check out our offerings and recommendations for building with Open Educational Resources. We can set you up with Lane Library's OER Librarian, Meggie Wright. She can help guide you through the OER process.

Introduction to Moodle

Moodle is Lane's  Learning Management Software (LMS) designed using sound pedagogical principles that help educators create effective digital learning communities. It is completely web-based.

It is highly recommended that you become familiar, if not proficient, with Moodle prior to developing a distance ed class. In a perfect world, you would start by using Moodle as a supplement to your traditional course by posting a syllabus, handouts, and other course information. Next, once you are comfortable, branch out by adding resources and assignments, some quizzes, and possibly even a forum!

Before developing or teaching a distance education course it is recommended you:

  • become familiar with the basics and participate in an Intro to Moodle training
  • learn how to create and use basic Resources
  • learn how to create and use basic Assignments
  • learn how to create and use simple Forums
  • learn how to set up a Quiz Bank and build a Quiz
  • become familiar with the Moodle Grade Book

Whether you can take your time or need a crash course you can find out how to become a Moodle Master through the ATC. There is also training offered through LinkedIn Learning. 

LinkedIn Learning

Learn Moodle, Google Suites, Photoshop, and more! (self-paced, ongoing)

The LinkedIn Learning series of videos demonstrate how instructors can get started using Moodle. These videos show how to set up an instructor profile, create a course, and adjust course settings. Then find out how to add files, post announcements, and create quizzes. Finally, learn how to enroll students, grade assignments, and run reports. All Lane students, faculty, and staff have access to all of the Linked In Learning video collections. Go to LinkedIn Learning login and sign in with your L# and myLane password) for the main LinkedIn Learning website or choose from a link below.

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