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Online Course Design Institute

The Online Course Design Institute (OCDI) was developed as a partnership between Global Campus, K-State Salina, and the Teaching and Learning Center as well as other campus leaders.

Basic knowledge of Canvas is required for participation. If you need Canvas training prior to the OCDI or have any questions about the program, please contact the Global Campus instructional design team, or Lisa Shappee at K-State Salina.

We plan to offer the OCDI each term. In Summer 2024, the OCDI will be offered fully online from May 28 through June 28, 2024.

This five-week experience is for K-State instructors who are currently teaching or plan to develop an online course in the next year. Synchronous sessions will be offered through Zoom and other course components will be provided asynchronously.

This program is based on a Backward Design course building model that walks participants through drafting course goals and objectives, course mapping, and assignment and assessment design. You will be engaging in five modules.

  • Module 1: Teaching Persona, Philosophy and Practice
  • Module 2: Fundamentals of Online Teaching and Learning
  • Module 3: Tools for Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning
  • Module 4: Student Success in Online Teaching and Learning
  • Module 5: Assessment in Online Teaching and Learning

The OCDI is provided at no cost, but limited seats are available. Faculty completing all requirements will earn a certificate of completion.

Register for the Summer 2024 OCDI


What benefits can participants expect to receive from this program?

Participants will walk away being able to demonstrate a wide range of competencies. Other benefits include engaging with colleagues across disciplines, receiving feedback on course design elements from instructional designers and peers, and receiving access to a guided pathway for course design using research-based principles. All elements included in the course are purposeful and build on one another, and participants will also see a range of methods demonstrated throughout the program that they can include in their own course designs.


Who is the primary audience for this program?

This program fits a range of audiences since its primary focus is walking instructors through the course design process using the Backward Design method. Participants new to online teaching will certainly benefit, but even experienced instructors should walk away with new ideas. This program is meant to offer a step-by-step guide for course design, so instructors who are feeling overwhelmed by the idea of designing an online course from scratch will also benefit from this “guided tour” of course design. The program facilitators also expect to modify the program to add additional resources based on faculty needs and requests as we gather participant feedback.


How much time can participants expect to spend on a weekly basis?

Participants should anticipate at least 3-5 hours of engagement each week, depending on how deeply they want to go into the course design activities. The time commitment will also depend on whether the instructor is building a course from scratch, or if they are transitioning a course that they have previously taught (i.e. they have a syllabus, ideas for assignments, assignment rubrics already created, etc.).