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Online Course Design Academy

May 16 - June 24, 2016
Location: Online

by Online Program Development and Support staff

Online Course Design Academy

You have been identified as a faculty member at Northern Illinois University whose department will be partnering with the Online Program Development and Support (OPDS) Office to develop an online program. To help you prepare, you are invited to participate in the Summer 2016 Online Course Design Academy!

During the six-week online Academy, you will learn the practices and principles of effective online course design and apply them to an online course you will develop with eLearning Services. Throughout the Academy, you will experience a variety of methods of online delivery firsthand. You will also be guided through the first steps of designing your online course in preparatioin for beginning to work with an instructional designer.

By the end of this Academy, you will be able to:

  • Incorporate active learning strategies in an online learning environment
  • Align objectives, assessments, activities, and content in an online learning environment
  • Select technology appropriate for your course objectives
  • Identify resources at NIU that support online course design and delivery
  • Experience online learning from a student's perspective

In addition, participating in the Academy will help you connect to a community of peers interested in online course design, and gain confidence in your ability to design and deliver an online course. Here's what one recent participant had to share about the experience completing the academy:

Thank you for the information I learned last summer in the Online Course Design Academy. The class was very helpful for me because I had never taught a course online. It not only gave me an opportunity to experience an online course as a student, but it also aided me in the course design process. I appreciate that your team integrated the QM information in the learning modules. That was helpful when I began working with my designer. I've also incorporated some of the design elements into Blackboard for my face-to-face classes such as the weekly modules. It seemed to make it easier for students to locate the assignments and readings for the week.

Technology Requirements

The Online Course Design Academy will be conducted in Blackboard, so you must have a computer with a browser compatible with Blackboard. In addition, you should have Java and Flash installed. For live online meetings, headphones with a built in microphone is highly recommended.

To find out if your computer is ready for online courses, please see the computer checklist at

You should have basic computer skills (Internet browsing and file management) and prior experience with Blackboard.

Registration Information

This online course is open by invitation only. Participants who complete all of the assessments by the wrap-up date will receive a certificate of participation. Participants who also complete the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop (offered on February 17, April 21, or July 7, 2016), from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, will be eligible to receive a stipend of $350. Advance registration is required.

Attendance at live online sessions is strongly encouraged but not required for participation or completion. Participants can complete the Academy by viewing recordings of the sessions.

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 29, 2016.

After you register, if you are unable to participate, please cancel your registration by May 8, 2016 at so that those on the waiting list may be given the opportunity to participate in this effort.


For more information on the Online Program Development and Support Office, visit

If you have any questions about the Online Course Design Academy, please contact the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center at 815-753-0595 or


Office of the Provost
Division of Outreach, Engagement, and Regional Development
Online Program Development and Support Office
Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center
eLearning Services

Last Updated: 5/20/2016