The design of your course has a major impact on student success. Based on the exemplary criteria from the Online Education Initiative’s Course Design Rubric, the Online Course Design Certificate will help you push your course to the next level, whether you’re experienced or new to online teaching.

Participants in the Online Course Design Fundamentals Certificate can choose to complete our 12-week flagship course, Online Education Standards and Practices or customize their program by choosing from a range of 1- and 4-week courses facilitated by experts from across the state.

Digital Badges are awarded for completing each course or workshop, with a culminating Online Course Design Certificate awarded after completion of the capstone course (Course Design Fundamentals).

Learning Pathways

Participants are required to take courses addressing four content areas that are aligned to the OEI Rubric:

  1. Course Design
  2. Interaction
  3. Assessment
  4. Accessibility

Participants have multiple pathways through the courses:

Option 1: completing all coursework requirements by taking Online Education Standards & Practices,

Option 2: taking the four core courses outlined in Option 2, or

Option 3: taking a combination of at least 2 courses from Option 2 and up to 8 courses from Option 3, for a total of 16 credits. 


 Rubric Section

Pathway 1

Pathway 2

(4-week courses)

Pathway 3 (1-week courses)

Many of these are new courses
currently under development.
Please check our Catalog for
currently available offerings.
Section A


Introduction to Course Design

  • Using UDL and Backward Design
  • Awesome HOME Pages
  • User-Friendly Pages in Canvas
  • Accessible Infographics
  • The Canvas Syllabus Tool
  • Module Design
Section B


10-10-10: Communication That Matters

  • Groups in Canvas
  • A closer look at Regular Effective Contact
  • Announcements that ROCK
  • Welcoming Welcome Letters
  • Developing a Communication Plan
Section C


Assessing Digital Learning

  • Online Assessment Techniques (OATs)
  • Rubrics
  • Project Based Learning
  • Quizzes
  • Innovative Assessment
Section D


Creating Accessible Course Content

  • User-Friendly Pages
  • Accessible Infographics
  • Accessible PowerPoints
  • Accessible Documents
  • Captioning Techniques

Because we believe part of learning to be a great online teacher comes from experiencing great online courses, no more than two sections can be satisfied with courses from Option 3, as these courses, though packed with great information, are not long enough to develop a learning community.

The Capstone Course

In addition to coursework, participants seeking a Certificate in Online Course Design Fundamentals will participate in a capstone course, during which they develop a full Orientation unit and one full Instructional Content unit for an online course in a Sandbox assigned to them through @ONE/OEI. 

Throughout the Capstone, participants will have opportunities to interact with one another and with peer mentors.

The Capstone is self-paced. Participants can enroll at the beginning of their quest for the certificate, midway through the process, or once they've completed their coursework. Successful candidates for the certificate will do a short presentation of their Sandbox, and complete a 3-5 minute video showcasing an exemplary element of their course. 

NOTE: Faculty who have completed OEI Course Design Academy are not required to participate in the capstone course in order to receive their Certificate in Online Course Design Fundamentals.