Effective course design is about more than just a syllabus. It involves consideration of learning goals, the needs of your students and so much more. Vanderbilt University offers helpful strategies for creating a course using practical and commonsense strategies and frameworks. Build into your course design specific methods for fostering learning in the classroom. For both new and experienced faculty, these 19 lessons about teaching will resonate.
Universal course design (UCD) aims to meet the needs of all students and can make your classroom a place where all learners have not only equal access to information, but also equal access to the learning process. Watch a video from the University of Massachusetts about the benefits of UCD or learn more about best practices for working with diverse populations of learners using Universal Design for Learning. There is so much to consider about your online course. The Magna article entitled, Creating an Ethical Online Environment might help you to foster an atmosphere of respect, tolerance and engagement.