CGS Online Demo Course

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Course Introduction/Purpose: 

This course was specifically designed for faculty course developers who are in the process of converting their face-to-face course into a fully online or hybrid format, or are working on the revisions of an existing online class.

The goal of the demo course is to introduce you to established best practices and CGS-accepted standards for online course planning, design, and implementation through modeling (watch, practice, and be inspired). If you walk through this site as it is sequenced, you will be introduced to the main steps of a typical course development process at CGS. 


How do face-to-face activities translate in online course environments? How can you keep students engaged when you don’t meet face-to-face? How can you create an inclusive, accessible online course?

This online, asynchronous course addresses all of these questions and more. The course is designed to act as both a model of and training for online instructional best practices. Instructors will complete three modules in which they will begin creating or revising a syllabus for an online College of General Studies course; develop effective, engaging modules, activities, assessments, and lectures; and learn how to incorporate accessibility and Universal Design for Learning strategies. Appropriate for instructors of any experience level, the course can be completed in 3-5 hours and will prepare you to begin designing your online course and building in Canvas.  

Module Learning Objectives:  

Upon completion of this training, instructors will be able to:

  • Identify specific, measurable course learning objectives.
  • Determine whether class activities and assessments align with course objectives.
  • Describe how preparing an online course syllabus differs from preparing a syllabus for a face-to-face course.
  • Begin to create or revise your online course syllabus.
  • Begin to create and structure course modules.
  • Design or revise engaging, effective summative and formative assessments and class activities for use in your online course. 
  • Design engaging, effective online lectures. 
  • Define Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and explain its benefits for learners.
  • Apply best practices for navigation, usability, and accessibility (including UDL) when you are designing your online course.
  • Use the resources in the course to verify that you are adhering to accessibility and copyright guidelines and policies.

Request Access:

Please complete this form to request access to the CGS Demo Course. Access is only available to current Pitt faculty members with active Pitt accounts.