Course Design

Resources to assist in the design, development and organization of your course.

Copyright in Online Teaching and Learning

Webinar: Copyright in Online Teaching and Learning

Visiting speaker Jessica Reyman, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Rhetoric and Professional Writing at Northern Illinois University, was the guest presenter at the inaugural Academy for Teaching Excellence webinar on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

This webinar focuses on the copyright considerations specific to teaching and learning online. Participants will learn about the provisions of U.S. copyright law, such as fair use, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and the TEACH Act, that apply to their online teaching activities. Participants will also learn more about their rights as creators of online course content. As a result of this webinar, participants will be better prepared with best practices for engaging in teaching and learning activities that make legal and responsible use of materials in online education.

Harper College Copyright Tutorial


Description: As instructors, you may wish to use articles, books, images, songs, and other media to help convey your subject.  Using materials created by others is essential to our work as educators. It is also essential that we make informed decisions regarding the copyright and use of the outside materials we select. It serves as a good model for our students, it maintains the integrity of our courses and Harper College, and it’s simply the right thing to do!

This interactive tutorial will provide you with some copyright basics, then take you through the Copyright Decision Path, a series of 7 questions that will help you develop a more informed answer to,  “Can I use this?” for a work you would like to use in your instruction.

Additional Resources: Harper College Copyright & Fair Use Resources


Constructing Difference: Understanding the Role of Social Justice in Our Classrooms

Webinar: Constructing Difference: Understanding the Role of Social Justice in Our Classrooms

Visiting speaker Dr. Durene Wheeler, Associate Professor in the department of Educational Inquiry & Curriculum Studies at Northeastern Illinois University, was the guest presenter for the Academy for Teaching Excellence webinar on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

In this webinar, Dr. Wheeler provides an introduction to faculty interested in creating a more socially just classroom. Through an examination of terminology and tenets of social justice as it relates to teaching and learning, participants examine how faculty and student identities impact content, comprehension, and classroom climate.

Flipped Classroom Design

Student Learning Objectives


Student Mid-Term Surveys

Templates in Online Course Design

View the SoftChalk Lesson

Course Design

This SoftChalk lesson, developed by Pardess Mitchell, will provide you with information on the importance of creating a template for online course design. After viewing this lesson, you should be able to:

  • describe how templates are used for course design
  • justify using a template in online course designs
  • list and describe 5 components that follow best practices in online course design
  • list and describe at least 6 template headings that can be used in online course design