Design: Planning and Pre-production

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Let's have a chat about the design process

Interested in talking more about design and planning? Schedule a course design consultation here and one of our team will be happy to support you in your next online endeavor – or you can schedule a brief get-together just to answer your questions. 
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The designing phase is key to the development process. This is where you map out your course, work on learning outcomes and assessments, develop a course schedule and of course, learn more about our LMS, Moodle. 

The following documents outline the process. See the 'Design phase'.

Start Planning

Wondering what the process is to get started? Looking for a template or a planning guide? Look no further than our in-house developed guides and templates. 

Course Planner

We have a basic template to help you plan your course. Use it for organizing and setting up the course schedule; weeks/topics, learning outcomes, lectures/readings/research, activities and assignments and assessments.
Course Planning Template 

IDS Course Template (based on OSCQR standards)

Save time and help students be successful in your course. The number one complaint from students about online courses is difficulty in navigation and the differences in moving from one online course to another. We have simplified the process and it's proving to be successful. The template works within your Moodle course. It contains common documents and links to Lane resources, a common Welcome/ introduction to the course area and a weekly template set up to provide a consistent format for your students to follow as they progress through the course. The hierarchy is apparent and easy to navigate, letting you and your students focus on core course content not on how to use Moodle! Take a look and see what you think. The template may be modified to fit your needs.

See the IDS Course Template (You must enroll to view the template. You may unenroll at any time.)

Writing Learning Outcomes

In education, outcomes describe what a student will accomplish or demonstrate at the end of a given sequence of their education. There are several levels of outcomes to consider:

Lane CC's Core Learning Outcomes - Core Learning Outcomes (CLOs) distill the essential human characteristics that faculty and their students will strive to develop through a liberal education at Lane. By expressing Lane's five Core Learning Outcomes and 27 dimensions, the college community commits to addressing and assessing these outcomes across the curriculum. Check with your division or department to see how you address meeting Lane's CLOs.
For more information visit Lane's Core Learning Outcomes (CLOs) 

Program Outcomes or Goals - Set by the program, division or department, describe what a student will accomplish or demonstrate to earn a degree, certificate or pathway certificate. Check with your division or department to see how you should be addressing meeting program outcomes or goals.

Course-level Learning Outcomes - Describe what a student will accomplish or demonstrate to successfully pass a course. Course-level outcomes are set at state level and must go through the Curriculum Committee review process. Typically, faculty members teaching a given course will guide this process and collectively set the standards. These outcomes should be measurable.

Module or Weekly-level Outcomes - Describe what a student will accomplish or demonstrate to pass a unit or module. These outcomes are set by the instructor and should map back to the course-level outcomes. They are very specific and highly measurable. 

Need help with writing or refining measurable outcomes? 

Blooms Digital Taxonomy Verbs Infographic - Power verbs that will apply to all stages of skill building and assessment. (Note: This guide is not currently available in alternative formats. Please contact us if you need assistance.)
Developing / Refining Learning Outcomes - Lane CC's Assessment Team offers support on writing and refining outcomes for all levels.

Lecture Alternatives

This is a topic of great debate and discussion. Deciding how to convey the lecture material covered in your F2F classes can be quite daunting to someone new to teaching online. The solution will depend upon what you teach. Lane has instructors teaching online courses from Basic Anatomy to Introduction to Drawing and everything in between. Let's discuss what works for you; Moodle books and lessons, online resources, video, audio, online presentations, viewing films, interactive lecture/exercises, using the LED lightboard and so much more! Let us know when you're ready to chat–we will find what works for you.

OSCQR (Open Suny Course Quality Rubric)

Continue using OSCQR as your guide to creating quality online courses.
The Open Suny Course Quality Rubric 

One of the main concerns of faculty teaching online is in making sure the online 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 an online course; aligning work with core learning outcomes, learner engagement, social discourse, assessment and measurement, working with technology and much, much more. With this in mind we turn to the SUNY OSCQR model for creating quality courses. 

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

Accessibility (intermediate level: apply)

The best course of action is to be proactive and create an accessible course from the ground up. It is easier to create accessible documents and webpages than it is to retrofit them. If you haven't done so already, be sure to take our Accessibility workshop and read the Creating Accessible Courses material. There are tips, tricks and guides in the Take Action section located at the bottom of the page.
Accessibility Checklist - Use this handy checklist to help you stay on track.

OER (intermediate level: apply)

Have you completed our online workshop on OER? Are you ready for the next step? Whether you are thinking of including a few OER resources in your course, looking for an OER textbook or want to take the leap to creating an OER course, we've got you covered. When you are ready to go further you can set up an appointment with Lane's OER Librarian, Meggie Wright. She can help guide you through the OER process. Your Instructional Designers will be be available to assist you with creating appropriate activities and assessments to help you reach your goals.
Contact Meggie Wright at

Gallery Showcase (beginning to intermediate level)

What does a quality course look like? Lane Online Faculty are already producing excellent web content. See examples of their work, or read more about their processes. In the future we will have a gallery to showcase various levels of courses; good beginnings, intermediate and exemplary. For now, check in with us or other faculty and see what everyone is up to.

Moodle (intermediate level)

As we discussed before, it is highly recommended that you become familiar, if not proficient, with Moodle prior to developing an online class. Before moving into the intermediate level make sure you are proficient with the basics; navigation, blocks, basic editing, and adding resources and activities. The intermediate level continues with an exploration of Moodle tools such as books, lessons, forums and quizzes. Support is offered through workshops, online trainings, one-on-one in the ATC and through your Instructional Design Team.
ID Services Online Course Training - The list of available online course trainings ranging from using Moodle to Zoom. There is something for everyone!
Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers - Which Moodle tool works best for what purpose? (Note: This is an older guide and is not currently available in alternative formats. Please contact us if you need assistance with this document.)

Supporting Success

Teaching Elements–Need a Deeper Dive?

In this section you will find resources for online faculty that cover topics such as research-based best practices, articles on improving the quality of online course design, what's happening in the online teaching community and more.
Go to Research and Best Practices


Lane already boasts extensive tools and teams for assisting with planning any course. ID Services adds to this by expanding online options and technologies that can help with the specific challenges that face online delivery. Learn about software and tools by checking out the following:
Instructors Toolbox

Schedule a Planning Meeting

Interested in talking more? Schedule an orientation session with an Instructional Designer here and one of our team will be happy to support you in your next online endeavor – or you can schedule a brief get-together just to answer your questions.
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Support ranges from high-touch to learn on your own. In addition to individual mentoring with our ID team we offer support through many campus services. Our main support center is located in the Academic Technology Center. You'll also find a list of common student support services on this resource page.
Find out more about Support Services