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Six Steps to Success: Moving your face-to-face program online

Started Jan 10, 2022

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Full course description

Course Introduction

Participants in this course will use MU Extension Learning and Teaching Services' six-step process to develop an online course site and at least one module that incorporates key course concepts: ensure impact, leverage asynchronous content, and engage learners.

This is NOT a course in the traditional sense. Rather, it is a resource and collaboration space.  We are not going to cover how to teach online, quality course standards, teaching best practices, instructional design...  Of course, we'll slip in all sorts of nuggets of wisdom to help you excel in the online learning environment.

Six Steps to Success will open September 10 and a new module will open each Thursday over the following five weeks. There is no course end date!  We want you to continue to use this site as a collaboration space, to contact your facilitator, and to access resources.

Course activities are asynchronous.  However, small group and one-on-one Zoom sessions are highly encouraged! We want to interact with you.  We want you to interact with each other.  And, we understand the demands on your time. Synchronous sessions are optional.

Knowledge and experience with Canvas Learning Management System is helpful but not required.  You will be encouraged to enroll in multiple additional trainings and online resources sites over the next few weeks.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the modules, you will be able to:

  • develop a course map incorporating vertical and horizontal alignment strategies,
  • transition face-to-face content delivery and learning activities to online formats,
  • identify three types of learner engagement and give an example of each,
  • develop a course site that meets key communication criteria and support resources for students,
  • develop a course site that complies with phase one accessibility and Quality Matters requirements,
  • develop a module structure to meet course objectives that incorporates the principles of universal design for learning,
  • utilize the MultiTool to build your course structure, and
  • identify and perform the six steps in the online course review process.

Module Topics Include


Step 1: Ensure Impact

September 10th

Vertical and horizontal program alignment

Step 2: Digitize content

September 17th

Converting content -authentic, accessible and engaging

Step 3: Build course framework

September 24th

Key student communication and support

Step 4: Develop Module Structure

October 1st

UDL principles and rapid course development 

Step 5: Build out course

October 8th

Uploading files, linking pages, CIDI Design Toolbox

Step 6: Review and pilot

October 15th

Accessibility, Quality Matters, peer-review, pilot

Meet the Instructors (can also alter this to “course creators” “department” etc)

Jessica Gordon, Curriculum Consultant
Learning and Teaching Services
University of Missouri Extension

Michael McIntosh
Extension Curriculum Development and Educational Technologies Support
Learning and Teaching Services

Valerie Duever
Graduate Student
Learning and Teaching Services

Length: 6 weeks


University of Missouri Extension Learning and Teaching Services


Credit: Course Completion Certificate


Audience: MU Extension faculty