Course Description

This course is self-paced.
This is an 8-hour online course designed to help educators move teaching content online or develop new online courses. Students have 6 months to complete at their own pace. This course covers key topics such as learning outcomes, layout, universal design for learning (UDL), online presence and assessments.

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: Learning Outcomes
  • Unit 2: Assessments
  • Unit 3: UDL and Layout
  • Unit 4: Online Presence and Engagement

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Define learning outcomes
  • Describe the connection between outcomes, needs assessments, activities, and assessments in course design
  • Design learning outcomes for a given scenario
  • Articulate the differences between formative and summative assessments
  • Identify how assessments align with outcomes
  • Design assessments for a given scenario
  • Describe the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Reflect on the ways you could incorporate the UDL principles into your own online course
  • Design learning activities that reflect UDL and could be implemented in your teaching practice
  • Explain the connection between engagement and retention in online learning
  • Describe the three components of online presence
  • Identify strategies that can foster engagement in online learning


For assistance or more information, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

The Faculty of Open Learning and Career Development recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses. A list of minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website. If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

Recommended For

Those interested in working in the field of adult education (training, facilitation, coaching, mentoring, etc.)


"As someone who was completely new to online teaching, the Online Design and Delivery course offered a perfect starting point for me to learn about the topics and key elements involved in the process. This course was very intuitive and provided me with the support and the tools necessary to feel more confident and comfortable in starting to design and then deliver online courses."

~ Anna Maier, English in Canada Program Coordinator, Dalhousie University's Faculty of Open Learning & Career Development

"There was a lot of good topics in this course, however, I think the part that helped me the most was the first unit on "Learning Outcomes" - the videos were very informative and I felt the flow and layout was really done well.  As a fairly new training specialist, I felt this course gave a me a good foundation to start my journey of building and designing training programs.  I would absolutely recommend this course for anyone who wants to get more insight on delivering and design training."

~ Bonnie Hum Forbes, Medavie - Bluecross


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Section Title
Online Design and Delivery
Start Now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled.
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $575.00
Section Notes

If you have any questions about this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

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