The first step in designing engaging course content is making sure that it supports your course outcomes or objectives. Covering a lot of material does not ensure that your students are learning. Providing time and opportunities for your students to be able to do something with information is key in getting them to transfer that knowledge into long-term memory. Streamlining content and establishing priorities for learning increases student engagement because it makes it obvious to students that their work is tied to course outcomes.

When going online with a course, the tendency is to upload one’s lecture material to the learning management system and consider it the instructor’s main contribution to the teaching-learning process. With discussion threads, the Web, multi-media resources, and synchronous/asynchronous tools available to faculty today, technology provides instructors with a wealth of new approaches to designing course content online.