The ABCs of Online Course Design

The ABCs of Online Course Design


The online learning environment is distinct from a traditional classroom environment and calls for different skills, strategies and perspectives. Happily, the OEI's Course Design Rubric has taken all the guesswork out of designing a truly effective online course. In this self-paced mini-course you'll discover how to use the Rubric to make your online courses even better than they already are.

PLEASE NOTE: Self-paced non-facilitated courses are not eligible to receive a badge from CVC-OEI or continuing education units from Fresno Pacific.


This course is part of the Course Design Academy (CDA) Certificate. All participants in CDA are encouraged to complete this course as an initial introduction to the OEI Course Design Rubric used in the Peer Online Course Review process.
Duration: self-paced
Time Commitment: approximately 60 minutes
Level of Difficulty: easy

Optional Graduate-Level University Credit: Continuing Education credit is not available for self-paced courses.



By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe three benefits of using the Course Design Rubric as a benchmark in designing courses
  • Identify the main foci of Sections A-D of the Rubric

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