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Center for Teaching & Learning

Course Design Institute

Course Design Institute (CDI) is a 4 week asynchronous training conducted in entirely in Moodle.  The training is geared for course developers who are:

  • Developing new fully online courses
  • Transitioning traditional course content from F2F to online 
  • Updating existing online courses to ensure best practices in online course design are being met. 

Participants will experience what it's like to be an online student while focusing on creating a learner-centered online course map.  The learning objectives for this course include:  

  • Analyze the course design approaches influencing quality online learning.
  • Develop learning objectives which are measurable, learner-centric, and suited to the level of the course
  • Develop assessments which foster student-instructor, student-student, and student-content interactions.
  • Examine the importance for organizing instructional materials, gradebook, and syllabus before course launch

  Enrollment available until June 7.

Month Enrollment
April 15 Instructors teaching S6, S7, summer or fall semester starts
June 10 Instructors teaching S1, S2, S3 or fall semester starts
September  Instructors teaching S4, S5, S6, or spring semester starts


Online Course Review

The CTL has conducted online course reviews for newly created or previously taught online courses.  Online course reviews examine best practices in online facilitation including:

  • Measurable learning objectives

  • Assessments aligning with learning objectives

  • Instructional materials aligning with learning objectives

  • Instructor presence

  • Introductory activities to create community

  • Course shell organization

Individual consultations made by arranged via this request form.


The university's learning management system is Moodle.  Moodle technical support may be directed to Moodle Help Desk or call 1-855-585-9911 ext. 2398 or ext. 2398 on campus and select choice 1.

The CTL offers individual or group consultations via the following training request form:

  • Onboarding- One-on-one training in-person or via virtual conferencing covering core Moodle functions for discussion forums, assessments, class announcements, gradebook, and course backup.

  • Orientation- Just in time group training which covers core Moodle functions for discussion forums, assessments, class announcements, and gradebook.

  • Quick Start- Basic university-wide course shell navigation embedded into course shell.

  • Advanced Tools- One-on-one training in-person or via virtual conferencing covering advanced Moodle functions such as database, glossaries, lessons, polls, advanced grading tools among others.

Accessible Materials

In consultation with the Office of Accessibility Services, there are four main areas to make a course more accessible. These guidelines are based upon Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. These areas include:

  • Syllabus Assistant

  • Audio- Voice narration and transcript for all visual presentations.

  • Videos- Captioning and/or transcripts for all videos.

  • Documents- Materials, handouts, syllabi etc. should be provided in accessible formatted versions (i.e., MS Word) versus scanned document (e.g., PDF). 

  • Images- Photos, graphs, or tables should be tagged and given a description.

The CTL provides one-on-one or group training for any of the above referenced materials via the following request form.