OLI Course Design Modules

OLI Course Design Modules

The OLI Course Design modules were produced by the Open Learning Initiative at Stanford University with contributions from the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at Stanford University. These resources were partially funded by O.P.E.N., the Open Professionals Education Network, which is sponsored by the Gates Foundation to support Department of Labor (DoL) Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training (TAACCCT) grantees.

Self-Paced Resources

These modules self-paced, meaning there are no deadlines, and the materials will be available indefinitely for you to work through on your own schedule.


No prior online teaching experience is necessary.


These resources were developed by the Open Learning Initiative at Stanford University with contributions by the Stanford Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning. For more information about each of these groups, please visit their homepages.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to buy a textbook?

There is no required textbook. A resource that might be helpful is How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching, by Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, and Marie K. Norman (Jossey-Bass, 2010).

Can I obtain a Statement of Accomplishment?

No. The modules are designed to allow participants the flexibility to skip through and view whatever is relevant for their own needs. Additionally, all problems are ungraded to promote a learning-focused experience. Given this focus, statements of accomplishment will not be provided.

Are there required assignments?

Activities and problems appear throughout each module, and you can elect to complete them. All of the problems are ungraded.

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