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Course Design Model and Template

OCIA Model

The OCIA Course Design model supports a social, interaction-embedded approach to course design and development and uses learning modules to structure the course. Montclair State has developed a course template based on this approach, available to faculty when designing online/hybrid courses.

OCIA includes four main components:

  • Orientation: The orientation sets the learning context for each learning module and includes learning objectives, module requirements, and perspective.
  • Content: Each learning module’s content includes all information students need to begin the learning process and engage with concepts introduced.
  • Interaction: Include multiple opportunities for interaction and reflection in your course design by using discussion forums, blogs, wikis, web conferencing, online office hours, and group activities.
  • Assessment: Assessment is an opportunity for students to demonstrate that they have achieved the objectives you challenged them to master.

Montclair State University Course Template

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 enrolled in the course. Should you click one of them, feel free to use your browser back button to return to the course template. The OCIA framework is included in the modules section of all Canvas courses. For more information on how to customize this, schedule a 1-on-1 consultation with an instructional designer.