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Welcome to the Designing for Online Learning website! This tool was created to accompany Horizon's Designing for Online Learning professional development course, but we also hope that it will be useful to you in your ongoing growth as a course designer.

We have collected posts on this website into three categories: Engagement, Technology, and Learning. The engagement category contains posts about the purposes, elements, and principles of design. The technology category contains posts about tools and tasks related to online learning technology. The learning category contains posts about learning principles that are helpful for course designers. The learning posts are further divided into subcategories: Understanding Learners, Understanding Learning, Designing for Outcomes, and Developing Content.

We believe that the organizational structure we've chosen for this website is a useful learning tool to help you think about course design. We've included an outline of the categories and subcategories below.

You can navigate any of these categories by clicking on the hyperlinks below. You can also navigate from the menu at the top of the page. Once you click onto any page, if you go back up to look at the menu, the current page you are on will be highlighted so you can easily peruse other pages in the category that might be related to the topic you are interested in.

Designing for Engagement










Designing with Technology



Content Creation

Learning Activities


Designing for Learning

Understanding Learners

Understanding Learning

Adult Learning

Self-Directed Learning

Reflective Learning

Active Learning

Collaborative Learning

Transformative Learning

Lifelong Learning

Designing for Outcomes

Backward Design

Course Modalities

Developing Content