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Approaches to Online/Hybrid Course Design

Montclair State University recommends using the Orientation-Content-Interaction-Assessment (OCIA) model and course template when designing online and hybrid courses. Our model and template are guided by the nationally recognized Quality Matters Program (QM) in order to ensure high-quality online/hybrid education. This enables faculty and Instructional Designers to work collaboratively to enhance online/hybrid teaching and learning outcomes. You can set up a one-on-one appointment with one of our Instructional Designers using the ITDS Appointment Scheduler.

Fundamental Questions

The online environment and innovations in technology provide a unique set of possibilities and challenges in the course design process for online and hybrid courses. Before adopting any new technologies, consider the following fundamental questions, which will prove helpful during the progression of developing, designing, and delivering the online/hybrid course.

These questions are very useful in guiding the direction of course design:

  • What are the general goals of your course and what content will be covered?
  • How will your course subject content be chunked into learning units/modules?
  • What are the specific learning objectives for each unit/module in your course?
  • What will your students achieve at the end of each unit/module
  • What will they achieve upon course completion?
  • Who are your students?
  • What characteristics, needs, and preferences may impact the design of your course?
  • What learning activities will facilitate student learning?
  • What instructional strategies will help you accomplish the course objectives?
  • How will you sequence learning activities meaningfully?
  • How will you foster an interactive, social learning environment?
  • How are you going to assess your students’ learning outcomes based on objectives?