Effective online/hybrid course design relies on research-based best practices. Montclair State University has developed an online/hybrid course template which is guided by the research-based course design rubric from Quality Matters Program (QM). Online and hybrid courses at Montclair State adopting the course template are designed with a learner-centered and interaction-facilitated approach.
Major components recommended for online and hybrid courses:
- Welcome: Includes a brief introduction and overview of the course structure and expectations.
- Syllabus: Contains all relevant course information and a downloadable version of the syllabus. This should include: faculty information, course introduction and course goals/objectives, required textbooks (if applicable), course weekly schedule, assessment and grading system, URL of the student handbook, etc.
- Learning Modules: Presents individual learning modules of instruction. Each learning module contains learning objectives, requirements, subject content, interaction, and assessment.
- Cyber Cafe: In this area students get to know each other and post general questions or FAQs.
You can explore a public version of the Canvas Online/Hybrid Template Please note that links to Discussions in the Modules area will not work for you since you are not the teacher of this course. Should you click one of them, feel free to use your browser back button to return to the course template. You may request a copy of this template for your use.