Resources for Preparing Your Course

The Delphi Center supports faculty in the development of their face-to-face, blended and online courses. These resources have been compiled based on research-based standards and best practices. We hope that you can use these resources to prepare for your courses.

A Note About Online Courses

The growth of online courses continues to rise at an exceptional rate. The non-traditional or working student can now "attend" classes on a schedule that fits his/her lifestyle and responsibilities. A popular misconception among students, however, is that online courses are easier and take less time to complete. This is generally not true, especially if the course is pedagogically sound and thoughtfully designed. It takes a great deal of careful planning and preparation for the instructor to develop an engaging course — a course that fosters learning and keeps the students interested in the material.

One of the reasons online courses typically have a higher attrition rate when compared to face-to-face courses is the isolation and disengagement that can occur in an online environment. It is more difficult to build community and active engagement remotely, but it is not impossible. Below are some instructional design tips and best practices that will help you in developing and delivering an effective course rich in structure, engagement and pedagogy.

The Delphi Center instructional designers have compiled resources to help you through all stages of your course.

Resources for Assistance and Training

Need Help with course development?

Meet with one of the Delphi Center's instructional designers or teaching consultants to learn how to enhance your current class or to design a new face-to-face or online course. Learn more.

Programs and Events

The Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning is a faculty development center dedicated to teaching excellence. Faculty members, both full and part-time, are encouraged to participate in the Delphi Center's many programs. These programs assist in the professional development of the faculty at UofL by providing valuable and leading-edge information to faculty on a variety of issues, from technology, to best practices in teaching and learning, to research and assessment.

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