DES708 - Special Topics in Online Course Design

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-09-24 00:53:01.84
Last review date 2018-11-07 14:29:56.281

Subject Title
Special Topics in Online Course Design

Subject Description
Technology and topics change just as rapidly in instructional design as they do in creating timely curriculum. This course will explore trends in instructional design, from mobile learning to simulation software. Concepts of certification or credentialing are explored in relation to online courses and workshops. How can we demonstrate that we have successfully attained a skill in a continuously changing online course landscape?

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Identify current and emerging trends in educational theory and design.
2. Select and evaluate a current trend from a pedagogical perspective. 
3. Design a lesson plan that incorporates a current trend in educational theory and design. 

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Prescribed Texts
Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology, 4th edition
By Reiser & Dempsey; Pearson, ISBN# 0134235460

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
- 3 Group Discussion Activities @ 5% = 15%
- 2 Self-Evaluations @ 10% = 20%
- Project (3 parts) 2 @ 20% & 1 @ 25% = 65%

Approved by: Sandra Noble