Path 3: Organizing Course Content


There are many ways that you can be present as an instructor in an online course, and course organization is one of them. Students in effectively organized courses are able to spend their time focusing on learning because they know what they are supposed to do and when. Course organization also impacts the speed of student learning.

If you still have questions after reviewing the resources, set up a group consult with your department, unit, or group of instructors, OR, join us at one of our Drop-in Q&As for instructors.

Register for an eLearning Q&A Drop-in

At each Q&A, an eLearning Specialist from the Centre for Teaching and Learning and an eLearning Technology Specialist from Western Technology Services join together to field your questions.

Instructors and staff can learn more about the upcoming dates and times available and register for an eLearning Q&A Drop-in here.

If you have any questions or problems registering, please contact

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

Setting Course Tone and Expectations [7 min]

Learn how to immediately begin connecting with your students while quickly establishing course expectations and letting them know where to go for help. This video also introduces some simple tricks for helping your students easily navigate course material from day one of the course.

Organizing Course Materials and Activities [10 min]

This video expands on the concept of simple and deep course design. Learn how to organize your course resources and lessons so that students can focus on learning and track their progress. We'll also look at how to organize large units of content into smaller units to increase efficiency in student learning.

Chunking Course Content [4 min]

Organizing your course lessons and resources will help students focus on their learning and track their progress through course requirements. "Chunking" is a particularly important method of lesson organization for online learning. This is particularly important for online students.

View Path 4: Facilitating Online Learning