Getting Started

How you present materials and structure learning within the online environment directly impacts your students’ overall experience in the course. Northeastern University Online takes a standardized approach to developing and delivering online courses that relies on the following:

  • course templates,
  • electronic delivery of all graded assignments,
  • instructional materials,
  • assessments through our learning management system (LMS) Blackboard,
  • a weekly work schedule, and use of an electronic gradebook.

Using the Northeastern University Online course template

The required course template is embedded in your assigned course site in Blackboard. Figure 4 shows a weekly snapshot of the Northeastern University Online course template.

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Using this template for your course does not mean you need to change your teaching style. Instead, it ensures that in each week’s lesson, you are providing all the materials a student will need to be successful. You can then focus on creating the course content rather than the design process.

Developing Your Course

At Northeastern University Online, we use the ADDIE model as a basis for online course development. In this model, one step leads to the next with evaluation taking place continuously throughout the process.

Analyze – In this stage, you assess your course goals & objectives and your course content.
Design – This is where you establish the framework for how the learning happens. This includes writing measurable objectives, planning your instructional methodologies, identifying resources, and developing assessments.

Develop – Create your materials based on the course objectives and framework you developed in the analysis and design stages. This includes developing lecture materials, exercises, scripts, and other materials and posting them to Blackboard.

Implement – Implementation is the actual teaching of your course. This is where you present objectives and readings, deliver lectures, engage students in discussions, assess students and provide feedback.

Evaluate – The final stage of the ADDIE model is evaluation. This is where you use student and self-evaluation to determine the effectiveness of the course. Use this feedback to revise your course for the next time you teach.

Figure 5 shows the ADDIE model process.