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This section builds on the foundation of Purdue instructors’ knowledge, skills, and abilities for designing and delivering an effective online or hybrid course. It also offers suggestions for enhancing Purdue students’ learning journey through active engagement.​​​​​​​


The goal of this section is to help Purdue instructors develop and design active learning experiences for students and improve the delivery of the course content.​​​​​​​


By the end of this section, instructors will be able to:​​​​​​​

  • Plan and design key characteristics for an online learning environment.
  • Improve or create activities that promote achieving course learning outcomes in an active learning environment.
  • Develop authentic assessments to measure the course learning outcomes.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Course Planning and Design

Do you have an existing version of your course in which you are well-versed at teaching in face-to-face environments? 

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If you answered “yes,” you are ready to begin transferring from the face-to-face modality to an online or hybrid modality. Online course delivery utilizes a Learning Management System (LMS) to deliver the course content. Brightspace is Purdue’s current LMS. Learning the basics of using the LMS will help you design an active learning experience for your students. By working through the Course Planning and Design offerings below, you will begin the journey of moving your course to an engaging online learning experience.

Brand new to Brightspace? Begin with the “Brightspace Basics Workshop.”

Need a Brightspace refresh? Begin with “Starting Your Brightspace Course Off on the Right Foot.”

Otherwise, the most common areas where faculty need help are “Brightspace Exams,” “Preparing Your Gradebook,” and “Finalizing Your Brightspace Gradebook.” Each workshop only takes an hour.

Course Delivery and Teaching

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What skills will help me adjust from face-to-face to online/hybrid teaching?

After learning the LMS navigation and tools, you are ready to focus on course delivery and teaching your online course. For a broad overview of skills, the Teaching Online Tips and Tricks mini course covers the topics of how to deliver course content, a sampling of activities that promote active learning, and how to construct authentic assessments. 

Teaching Online Tips and Tricks
Mini Course: 1-2 hours

Purdue Online Innovation Space

Are you interested in seeing online course exemplars from faculty around Purdue West Lafayette? Purdue’s Teaching and Learning Technology’s Course Production Team has assembled an online course innovation space that features many examples. Click on the link below to be taken to the registration page. Once registered, you will be able to view these examples and be able to create your own course innovations.  

Purdue Online Innovation Space
This is a self-guided tour of online course exemplars.

What should I do next, after I complete this section?

We recommend that you visit the Comprehensive Course Design topic. 

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