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 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

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.

View Path 4: Facilitating Online Learning