How to Proceed


To navigate through this course, you can use:

  • The Contents panel is located at the top left. Select it to view the table of contents to navigate across the different modules and sections.
  • Previous and Next buttons are located at the bottom of the browser to go forward and back.

There are several interactive elements and videos throughout this resource. We have included helpful instructions in italics before the interactive elements.


Throughout this course, you will find some recurring elements. Below is a legend to help you decipher these elements.

Learning Outcomes & Conclusion

  • Each module is bookended with “Learning Outcomes” at the beginning and a “Conclusion” at the end.


  • Throughout this course, “Activities” will help you practice and apply concepts or skills to online/hybrid classroom environments.


  • You will be prompted with a “Reflection when we want you to pause and think about your current practices and how they compare to the concepts outlined. For some reflections, we have included an interactive element (H5P Documentation Tool) to allow you to capture and export your thoughts as a PDF.


  • You will be prompted with “Explore” when we recommend that you take a closer look at an external resource.


Keep an eye out for useful “Tips” scattered throughout the course.

Key Takeaways

  • Throughout the course, you may find “Key Takeaways” at the bottom of each page. You will find the important concepts and terminology highlighted here.

Course Layout

This course is composed of four modules with embedded activities and videos that will provide you with knowledge and support in developing the skills required to design and develop high-quality student-centred online/hybrid learning experiences.

The modules can be taken in sequence beginning with Module 1 or you may choose a learning path that meets your learning objectives.

Module 1: Structuring Your Online Course

  • intuitive structure and navigation are key to student success in online courses
  • tips and strategies to help you design your course so your students spend their brainpower engaging with the course content — not looking for it

Module 2: Accessibility, Inclusion and Universal Design for Learning

  • leverage our legal and moral obligations regarding accessibility, our need to respect diversity and embrace inclusivity — to truly design for all
  • how the guiding principles of Universal Design for Learning can provide further insights into inclusion

Module 3: Assessment Strategies for a Virtual Environment

  • walks you through how to design authentic online assessments
  • how to evaluate online assessments and develop an assessment strategy
  • how to create non-traditional assessments that incorporate different worldviews to foster an intercultural and inclusive learning environment

Module 4: The Virtual Classroom as a Learning Community

  • how to create a virtual space that promotes engagement and communication
  • tips and strategies to harness technology for engagement and communication, and to create a learning community in the virtual classroom


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