The planning and design of online content requires us to strike a unique balance between a course that is highly structured and detailed prior to the first day of class, with the need to retain flexibility and spontaneity as it relates to both teaching and learning. Students interacting with online content need to experience a course site that is well designed, permitting them to navigate through it with little confusion and gain a clear sense of what is expected. And, that those same online students also need to know that there is always room for exploring the unexpected; raising unanticipated questions or following the unforeseen learning path.

This module provides recommendations and resources for designing pedagogically sound distance courses.