Path 2: Designing to Meet Course Learning Outcomes


This pathway provides a course design strategy for rapidly planning your online course. This process is designed to ultimately save you time by enabling rapid decision-making on how your online course is best structured and what components are necessary to meet your course learning outcomes.

If you still have questions after reviewing the videos, set up a group consult with your department, unit, or group of instructors, OR, join us at our weekly open Q&A.

Instructions for booking a group consult

Please fill out a Book a Group Online Course Design Consult form here


Email with the details of your consultation request

  • Name
  • Email
  • Role (faculty, grad student, postdoc, librarian/archivist, administrator, staff)
  • Faculty / Department
  • Reason (Book a Group Online Course Design Consult)
  • Key questions / topics you would like to discuss

If you have not received a response to your inquiry within five business days, please email

Instructions for registering for our open Q&A (most Tuesdays at 2 pm & Fridays at 10 am)

  1. Login to Western Connect using your Western username and password.
  2. Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section. Select Event Calendar and select the event you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
  3. Select the Register for this Event button. If the event has reached capacity, you may have the option to register on the waitlist.
  4. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account.
  5. Participants will be sent a Zoom link the morning of the drop-in.  

If you have any questions or problems registering for an event, please contact

Learning Outcomes [7 min]

The first step of the course design process is to devise or review the course learning outcomes. Learning outcomes are statements that clearly describe the competencies or significant learning that students have acquired at the completion of a course. In other words, what students know, are able to do, and value at the end of the learning experience.

Designing Course Assessments [7 min]

Once you've determined what you want students to accomplish, plan how they will demonstrate that to you through online assignments and evaluations.

Select Teaching & Learning Activities

The final key element to course planning is to decide the key ways students will work towards building the knowledge, skills, or values required for successful performance via the course assessments.


View Path 3:Organizing Course Content