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7 Steps to Building a Great Online Course

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Full course description

Starts November 17 2014

This course is designed to show a seven-step process to design an online course using iNacol's quality online course standards. In this course we will cover:

  • Step 1: Curriculum planning for online courses
  • Step 2: Building structure in online courses
  • Step 3: Building online assessments
  • Step 4: Building online projects
  • Step 5: Adding external content to online lessons
  • Step 6: Adding direct instruction to online lessons
  • Step 7: Creating online collaboration activities

This course will cover the strategies involved with backwards design of online courses. In a backwards design model the course builder starts by identifying key items that learners must understand by the end of a unit of instruction, assessments are then built to assess that understand and then finally the instruction itself is built.

The Blended Schools Network

The Blended Schools Network is a company that has been helping schools build engaging online and blended learning environments for almost 12 years. It provides technology, curriculum, and professional development to schools along with support services to help schools implement and sustain online programs. Blended Schools works with over 100 school districts to support more than 8,000 teachers serving almost 50,000 students across the country.

Blended Schools provides a full K-12 curriculum that can be customized by teachers or used as is. Their catalog of courses includes standalone literature units aligned to the Common Core Standards. Blended Schools’ members choose from technology packages with licenses for leading learning management systems, including Canvas by Instructure and Blackboard Learn. They provide professional development to teachers through customized onsite trainings, personalized online learning paths, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). This professional development includes topics such as course building, online teaching, blended teaching, and program leadership. Blended Schools’ Language Institute provides live online language instruction to online students or as enrichment for blended classrooms. For information on the Blended Schools Network, please visit or email