Date & Time: July 31, 2023 – August 11, 2023
Location: Virtual

The Faculty Center for Professional Excellence is excited to offer the 10-day Online Academy: Course Development Intensive for Adelphi University faculty.

Online Academy

During this 10-day intensive Online Academy: Course Development (OA:CD), participants work through a series of modules—featuring both asynchronous and synchronous materials—that prepare them to utilize the frameworks of Backward Design and Universal Design for Learning to create their own online course.

Applying a deliberate design process and leveraging course materials already at-hand, participants create high quality engaging and impactful learning environments for their students. OA:CD assists faculty with the identification of further development needs, and with the training/implementation of various technology tools.

By the end of the Online Academy, participants will be able to:

  1. Assess and utilize educational technology effectively in the design and facilitation of their course
  2. Incorporate inclusive, compassionate teaching practices that promote student success
  3. Apply Backward Design to create a course map that ensures alignment of course objectives, assessments, and learning materials
  4. Create one or more content modules of their course in Moodle
  5. Transform in-person instruction into synchronous and asynchronous activities

Course Modality

The Online Academy: Course Development Intensive is a cohorted 10-day intensive asynchronous course. New modules are presented each weekday, and each includes readings, resources, and an applied assignment. Optional synchronous workshops/labs will also be held via Zoom throughout the intensive; these sessions are intended to assist and support course development work. Cohort leaders will be available via scheduled office hours.

Note – Assignments are envisioned with the assumption that you will apply the assignment to a particular course. For this purpose, choose a course to focus upon when considering the assignment instructions.

Time Commitment

We estimate that participants will need to spend 2-4 hours per weekday on Online Academy materials and activities; this includes synchronous sessions and individual work time spent on design and creation of course content.


Upon successful completion of the Online Academy (85% or better), participants will be awarded a certificate featuring credentials backed by Accredible.

10-Day Schedule

Day Date Topic Optional Synchronous Session
1 Monday, July 31 Introduction & Getting Started
2 Tuesday, August 1 Backward Design / Time on Task Teaching Workshop: The Magic of Alignment: Writing Learning Objectives
3 Wednesday, August 2 Backward Design / Time on Task Course Design Workshop: OSCQR: Adelphi’s Course Design Rubric
4 Thursday, August 3 Assessments and Assignments Tech Workshop: How to Organize your Moodle: Design and Accessibility
5 Friday, August 4 Developing Assessments and Assignments Office Hours: Drop-in Conversation
6 Monday, August 7 Creating Asynchronous Engagement & Community
7 Tuesday, August 8 Learning Activities / Materials / Syllabus Revision Moodle Workshop: Facilitating Quizzes & Exams Online
8 Wednesday, August 9 Accessibility Online Moodle Lab: Gradebook
9 Thursday, August 10 Module Layout & Design Teaching Workshop: A Recipe for RSI: Baking-in Student Interaction
10 Friday, August 11 OSCQR Rubric Office Hours: Drop-in Conversation

Register for OA:CD

For more information, please contact the Faculty Center for Professional Excellence (FCPE) at

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