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

Participants complete coursework facilitated by experts from across the state covering the four areas of the CVC-OEI Rubric:

  1. Content Presentation
  2. Interaction
  3. Assessment
  4. Accessibility

Participants can choose to complete our 12-week flagship course, Online Education Standards and Practices (OESP) or customize a program by choosing from a range of 1- and 4-week courses. Digital Badges are awarded for completing each course or workshop, with a culminating Online Course Design Certificate awarded after completion of the Design Capstone Course.

Learning Pathways

Course registration is open to the general public.

Participants have multiple pathways through the courses:

Pathway 1:  Take the 12-week OESP (Online Education Standards & Practices) course. This is the best option if you want a streamlined experience.

Pathway 2: Take the four-week courses listed below. This is the best option if you want to spread out your coursework and complete it in shorter chunks.

Pathway 3: Take a combination of at least 2 four-week courses and up to 8 one-week courses, for a total of 16 credits. This is the best option if you have more time and want to focus on particular areas of interest, such as accessibility or communication.

Rubric Section12-week 4-week1-week
A: Content Presentation OESP Introduction to Course DesignUsing UDL and Backward Design
Awesome HOME Pages
User-Friendly Pages in Canvas
Accessible Infographics
The Canvas Syllabus Tool
Module Design
B: Interaction OESP 10-10-10: Communication That MattersGroups in Canvas
A closer look at Regular Effective Contact
Announcements that ROCK
Welcoming Welcome Letters
Developing a Communication Plan
C: Assessment OESP Assessment in Digital LearningOnline Assessment Techniques (OATs)
Project Based Learning
Innovative Assessment
D: Accessibility OESPCreating Accessible Course ContentUser-Friendly Pages
Accessible Infographics
Accessible PowerPoints
Accessible Documents
Captioning Techniques

The Course Design Capstone Course

To enroll in the capstone course, you must be an employee of a California Community College.

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 CVC-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 CVC-OEI Course Design Academy are not required to participate in the capstone course in order to receive their Certificate in Online Course Design Fundamentals.