Develop: Building Your Course


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Interested 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 developing consultation here and one of our team will be happy to meet. Schedule a meeting or drop us a line at

Now 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. Remember 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.

The following documents outline the process. See the 'Develop phases'.

Site Building Resources

Lane has several resources already available to assist faculty who want a head-start on online 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 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
The Course Development Checklist is to be used as a guide for the initial development of online courses. The checklist is used in collaboration with the OSCQR. It covers creating the Welcome block/ introductory area and Week 1 of your course.
LINK Course Development Checklist

Continue building with accessibility in mind
You've taken the Accessibility workshop and have reviewed the Creating Accessible Courses 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. 
Accessibility Checklist - Use this handy checklist to help you stay on track.

Proctored testing: Lane offers proctored testing through Instructional Testing Services, which is one way to deliver timed or in-person exams for distance students. We also have information on how to provide proctored testing to online students logging in from outside of Lane County.
Instructional Testing Services
Test Proctoring

Including Media

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

The Digital Media Center can work with faculty to design and record digital offerings that enhance your online 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 an online course will use video captioning to enhance their learning? We can help you make sure your videos provide clear, accessible, and accurate captions. Academic Technology [link] contracts with an outside captioning firm, and IDS can connect online faculty to their service.

Video recording: Need something beyond a screencast? The DMC offers advanced video recording capabilities. [link to DMC]


paragraph on how interactivity increases student engagement. Blurbs on H5P and other tools for interaction 

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

OER (intermediate level: apply)

If you using an OER book or OER materials for your course you're probably working with Meggie Wright, Lane's OER Librarian. She's here to assist you and can be contacted at Your ID team is also able to help guide you in the process of creating activities that work in tandem with the OER material.

Gallery Showcase (intermediate to exemplary 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 to advanced level)

At this point in your course development process you may find yourself needing more from Moodle. We have a wide variety workshops, online trainings, one-on-one in the ATC and through your Instructional Design Team. Let us know what it is you want to accomplish and we'll figure out a way to get you there.
IDS 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 Course Development Meeting

Interested in talking more? Schedule a course building session with an Instructional Designer and one of our team will be happy to meet up – or you can schedule a brief get-together just to answer a few questions.
Schedule a meeting


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