Course Design in Higher Education

University Institute for Teaching and Learning (UITL) | Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE)

Instructors who wish to design significant, effective, and assessable learning opportunities can benefit from ongoing practice and support. The multiple paths to this endorsement provide that preparation through intensive training in student-centered course design. Regardless of the path selected, you will receive expert support in learning and applying the backward design process. This endorsement provides participants with the tools, time and support they need as they work to build or rebuild effective, student-centered courses.

Learning Outcomes
  • Identify key components of effective course design
  • Describe the process of backward course design
  • Use the process of backward design to their own course design process
Participation Requirements

Complete one of the pathways below before submitting an application for the endorsement. Each pathway has its own requirement for time and engagement.

Course Design Institute

Distance Education Program

EHE Course Design Camp

Kickstart Week


Required Hours
Timeline for Completion
1-2 years, depending on the pathway chosen