Discover: Foundations of Course Design [FCD]

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

Foundations of Course Design [FCD]

Join your faculty colleagues and an instructional designer in a course covering current research and best practices around teaching and course development using OSCQR (Open Suny Course Quality Review Rubric) as our guide. There will also be an introduction to accessibility and universal design. Facilitated by an instructional designer, the course may be offered in an asynchronous and fully online or hybrid modality (Partially online, partially F2F). 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 FCD. This course replaces Course Design Introduction (CDI).

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

Next session: 

Summer Session 1

  • When: July 8th - 26th, 2024
  • Modality: Asynchronous
  • Location: Remote
  • Instructor: Skye Nguyen
  • Registration for FCD

Summer Session 2

  • When: August 5th - 23rd, 2024
  • Modality: Asynchronous
  • Location: Remote
  • Instructor: Skye Nguyen
  • Registration for FCD

FCD Course Objectives

  • Module 1 - Foundational Framework: Apply OSCQR principles to critically evaluate and recommend improvements for facilitating rich, meaningful interactions in your courses.
  • Module 2 - Backward Design: Harmonize learning objectives, evaluations, and educational materials to construct a comprehensive course blueprint using the principles of backward design.
  • Module 3 - Inclusive Instructional Design: Employ inclusive, accessible, and culturally responsive instructional design approaches along with universal design principles to formulate an inclusive teaching philosophy statement for inclusion in course syllabi.
  • Module 4 - Emerging and Innovative Educational Technologies: Investigate current innovative technologies and discuss their potential applications for enhancing teaching and learning.
  • Module 5 - Capstone: Formulate or revamp an existing syllabus by incorporating inclusive and accessible methodologies.

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 course endeavor–or we can schedule a brief get-together just to talk shop!

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OSCQR (Open Suny Course Quality Rubric)

One of the main concerns of faculty teaching a course is to make sure the course holds the same rigor and level of engagement across all modalities. There are so many things to think about when developing a 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 digital realm.
Learn more: Designing Accessible 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 course. 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 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 Moodle Academy and LinkedIn Learning. See their information below.

Moodle Academy

Moodle Academy is the learning hub for the global Moodle community. Moodle Academy offers short courses (1-3 hours) and full programs (up to 15 hours). You can earn badges for competition and in some cases, you can earn a certificate of completion. Start whenever you want. The courses are self-paced. Skill levels vary from beginner to intermediate. 

You can: 

  • Attend webinars
  • Complete courses
  • Enroll in full programs

New to Moodle? Take the 1-hour Introduction to Moodle course to get started. 

View your options and sign up at Moodle Academy.

LinkedIn Learning

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

LinkedIn Learning provides courses on essential skills for business, creativity, and technology. Learn about Google workspace, Photoshop, Microsoft tools and more. They also offer tutorials on getting started with Moodle, covering instructor profile setup, course creation, and settings adjustments, as well as adding files, posting announcements, and creating quizzes. Additionally, you can learn how to enroll students, grade assignments, and generate reports. Currently, they are working on updating their Moodle 3 video courses to Moodle 4. 

All Lane students, faculty, and staff have access to all of the LinkedIn Learning video collection. Go to the LCC LinkedIn Learning login and sign in with your L# and myLane password) for the main LinkedIn Learning website. Or browse all LinkedIn Learning offerings.

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