Discover: An Introduction to Course Design

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The 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. We hope you enjoy exploring the following information. It may help you in your decision surrounding online teaching and learning.

Getting Started

If you are thinking about teaching online, developing a distance education course or maybe you just want to brush up on certain skills, make an appointment with an Instructional Designer for a one-on-one session. We can help you chart a course. We can review the course development process, how to apply for funding, and answer general questions. Contact us at for more information.

Core Development Process

Our goal is to prepare and assist faculty in developing and delivering courses following research-based best practices for student success and retention. The course development and improvement process are intended for any courses designated as a Distance Education modality.

The following documents outline the introduction to course design and best practices process:

  • Full Course Development (see CDI: Introduction)
  • Course Refresh/Improvement - Do you need a refresher on best practices prior to working on your existing course? You may participate in any of the CDI sessions as often as you like. You can be paid for participation once every three years.

Associated workshop/course: Course Design Introduction (CDI)
Join your faculty colleagues and an instructional designer in a three-week online course covering current research and best practices around online teaching. There will also be an introduction to accessibility and universal design. This course is facilitated by an instructional designer. The course is asynchronous and 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. 
Check for upcoming session dates here: LaneOnline Course Development and Support Opportunities

OSCQR (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 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 online realm.
Learn more: Creating 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 online learning communities. It is completely web-based.

It is highly recommended that you become familiar, if not proficient, with Moodle prior to developing an online 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 with adding resources and assignments, some quizzes and possibly even a forum!

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.