Designing and Delivering Online Learning


Designing and Delivering Online Learning will help you explore and make plans to implement effective pedagogical practices in your online courses. This four module seminar is open to faculty and instructors systemwide and will be delivered completely online, making use of Canvas activities and incorporating Zoom meetings on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30pm between September 23 and October 25, 2024. You can expect to spend between 10 and 15 hours on seminar activities during the entirety of the program.

The seminar will make use of active learning strategies throughout, and participants will be encouraged to reflect on those strategies and how they might be used or adapted in their own teaching. Course activities include readings, asynchronous and synchronous discussions, reflection on practice, and design of teaching materials for your course. Topics include designing the online course, active learning and engagement online, managing synchronous and asynchronous sessions, and assessment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be familiar with a process for designing online courses, including understanding differences between online and face-to-face environments and how they impact instructional decisions
  • Recognize the importance of establishing social and instructor presence in the online environment
  • Explore how to build community in online courses by recognizing the relationship between active learning, presence, and online community
  • Be familiar with a variety of strategies for engaging students actively in online courses
  • Explore strategies for designing and moderating asynchronous and synchronous forums
  • Consider strategies for designing online assessments and providing effective feedback on student performance
  • Recognize strategies and resources for designing accessible and inclusive online materials and course sites

Who Should Attend?

  • This seminar is open to all faculty, instructors, graduate students and postdocs who are instructors of record across the entire University of Minnesota system.

  • Note that this course focuses on the pedagogy of online learning, not how to use specific online applications like Canvas.  It will be most relevant for those new to online teaching or those who have some experience but wish to add to their skills by interacting with others to discuss improving their existing online courses.


Enroll by registering through Training Hub.  If you have questions about the program, contact Bill Rozaitis or Jeff Lindgren.

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  • Design of online learning
  • Active Learning, Engagement and Community online
  • Managing Synchronous and Asynchronous Sessions
  • Assessment and feedback in online courses


  • Bill Rozaitis, Center for Educational Innovation (
  • Jeff Lindgren, Center for Educational Innovation (

Accessibility & Accommodation Requests and General Questions

Accessibility & Accommodation Requests

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. Please contact the Center for Educational Innovation ( to request accommodations or discuss access needs (e.g. interpreting, captioning, large print, image descriptions, material format, etc.) Whenever possible, please submit requests for real-time captioning, interpreting, and material formatting at least two weeks in advance. Requests made after that point cannot be guaranteed.


If you have questions about this program, please contact us at