Creative Course Content: Instructional Strategies for Online Learning (ONLINE) (Winter 2025)

Creative Course Content: Instructional Strategies for Online Learning (ONLINE) (Winter 2025)


This course can count toward the Certificate of Proficiency in Teaching for eLearning.

Communicating course content to students is one of the biggest differences between teaching online and in a face-to-face classroom. While the lecture is a mainstay of the traditional classroom, the online environment presents several challenges to this approach, ranging from the technical (inconsistent internet access for students) to the cognitive (student attention dropping during a standard lecture). In this fully online course, participants will learn by doing through ongoing participation in weekly learning activities. Together we will model alternatives to the “standard” lecture, practice creative and efficient ways to convey content to students, apply best practices for designing online instruction of all types, and troubleshoot common challenges. 

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this course, participants will be able to effectively create and share course content online by:

-Distinguishing between essential core content and supplementary “nice-to-have” content
-Identifying a range of alternatives to the traditional face-to-face lecture
-Recognizing the advantages and disadvantages of synchronous vs asynchronous approaches, and when to use each
-Taking into account accessibility, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property considerations when creating and sharing course content online

This course is open to all course directors at York and no previous experience with online teaching is required. Participants can expect to spend a total of ~6-8 hours engaging with course content and activities. The course is designed asynchronously, meaning that while there are weekly deadlines, participants can complete each week’s tasks at any time that is convenient to them. This course is actively facilitated by a Teaching Commons instructor, and participants will be able to ask questions and access further support and resources by email or through the course Moodle at any point.

Course dates: March 31-May 2, 2025

While all required course activities are asynchronous, optional synchronous sessions will be held on Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00.

Note that registration for this course closes on March 27th, 2025, 11:59 pm.