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Education Online Teaching for staff Structuring your online course


The examples below show how you can design a course step, and what types of material and activities you can use (e.g. readings, video, questions, discussion board, quizzes, online lectures). By numbering your weeks and steps, you make it easy for students to move through the content and tasks. Please note that the examples below are mere examples and do not show all the possible options. The first one is a sample introduction week, and the second one is a sample core week.

Week 1

The first steps you take in your course should contain information about the course, its requirements, practicalities, creating a learning community, etc. In short you explain and show the roadmap to your students.

Proposed title

Type / Format


Introduction to this course

Item (text)

Contains syllabus, with information on course content, learning objectives, activities, assessment, organisation, etc.

Introduction to the lecturer

Item (text) or a self-made via BlackBoard Collaborate

Short text or video - make sure you connect and explain how you want students to communicate with you and to reassure them about the different way we teach this block.

Questions about the course

Discussion Board

Make sure you invite students to post any questions in the discussion board, so that you can address them quickly and other students see them too (avoid repeating emails). By prompting this early on, they will get used to this way of working.

After that you can move on to the actual week:

Example week 1
Example week 1
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