Course Design Guidelines

The CMS Guidelines outline the expectations for online course design and teaching with the goal of delivering a quality online learning experience to all students while also placing an emphasis on both Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB). The Guidelines are intended to guide LCC instructors through online, hybrid, and face-to-face course development. Courses and course components that are well – designed are more likely to increase student engagement, learning, and overall satisfaction.

The Guidelines focus on course elements, organized into 10 sections, as follows:

  1. Student Learning Outcomes
  2. Assessment Evidence/Learning Experiences
  3. Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility
  4. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
  5. D2L Course Shell Setup and Layout
  6. Course Overview and Introduction
  7. Facilitation and Instruction
  8. Interaction, Communication, Engagement
  9. Course Technology and Tools
  10. Course Summary and Wrap-Up

Access the CMS Guidelines
The CMS Guidelines are also available as a Google document for Instructors to download, view, and use as an interactive checklist as they are developing their course. This document provides detailed information how to effectively meet each guideline. This resource helps instructors approach course design in a thoughtful and systematic way, and is designed to be a guide on the path to exceptional course design.
CMS Course Design Training
A companion training, CMS Course Design Training is available to assist faculty with learning how to apply the guidelines to their courses. The CMS Course Design Training is a self-paced learning experience designed to assist instructors with the planning, design, and delivery of online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses in D2L. This training aligns with the CMS Course Design Guidelines. Use this link to enroll in the D2L Course Design Training.