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Foundations for Online Teaching: Designing and Assessing Online Courses

A guide for finding resources on online instructional design, tools, and technologies.

Resources at Emory

The University of Central Florida's Objective Builder

The University of Central Florida's Center for Distributed Learning developed a tool called the Objective Builder for helping faculty create measurable learning objectives for their course.   

Tools for Assessing Quality

Other Universities

Although not always geared toward the online student, other universities also maintain resources on assessing student learning.  


Online/Real-Time Assessment Tools

Some of the following tools are completely free, while others are free for basic use only.  

  • Student Assessment of Learning Gains (SALG) is a free tool that asks students to assess and report on their own learning, and on the degree to which specific aspects of your course have contributed to that learning.  Once you register (for free), you can modify the SLAG instrument so that it fits your own course design. 
  • Poll Everywhere lets you poll a class in real time.  Students answer using their mobile phones, Twitter, or web browsers, and their responses appear live on the web or in a PowerPoint presentation.  The basic higher education plan, which allows for a poll of up to 40 users, is free.    
  • Micropoll allows you to create polls that can be embedded into websites and learning management systems, like Blackboard.  
  • Socrative is an app for asking questions for instant student feedback or for launching quizzes. The basic higher education edition is free for up to 50 students.   

Non-Profit Organizations

Resources on the ADDIE Model

The ADDIE Model


The ADDIE Model courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. 

The following guides describe how to use the ADDIE model to develop online instruction, specifically.

Books on Online Course Design

Books on Assessing Learning

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