Class Information

  Note: This class is currently full. You may still register, but you will be put on a waiting list and then moved into the class if room becomes available. An email will be sent to notify you if you are moved off of the waiting list. Also, you can check your waitlist and registration status on the My Course History page.
Special Focus Program: Online Course Design & Development (12 weeks in duration)
Hala Esmail
Faculty, Graduate Teaching Assistant


Date: 03/16/2021  09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Zoom   Zoom 1

Date: 03/23/2021  09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Zoom   Zoom 1

Date: 04/06/2021  09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Zoom   Zoom 1

Course Description

*Note: It is recommended to register for an offering of the Special Focus Program which sets you up to have your course fully developed at least two months prior to its launch. 

Offered by the LSU Online and Continuing Education (OCE) team, the Special Focus Program is an intensive 12-week program designed to guide faculty through the development, or re-development of an online course that is fully aligned, meets accessibility standards, and ensures a consistent and positive learning experience for students. An Orientation Session is held the week prior to the start of the program and the program includes three workshops. The four dates/times for the orientation session and workshops are listed above. After week 12, four weeks are reserved for course reviews and revisions. Participants of this program will have the opportunity to:

  • discuss and learn with peers
  • receive guidance from a Learning Experience Designer (LXD)
  • engage in hands-on course design and development experiences

Prior to registering for the program, please review the Special Focus Program Overview document for a timeline and expectations for participation. 

Note: The Special Focus Program will run contingent on the enrollment of five or more registrants. If a quorum of five hasn’t been established by two weeks prior to the session, we will cancel the offering and notify registrants.

Registration for this program will close two weeks prior to the first workshop unless if capacity is reached prior to then. Registrants will be contacted prior to the first workshop with additional information about the program and links to the Zoom meetings for each of the workshops. If you are unable to attend all of the workshops or stay for the full duration of a workshop, please do not be discouraged from registering! We will have an accompanying Moodle course which will provide some of the information to help keep you on track. 

*Course reviews are conducted based on Quality Matters and OCE standards. If a course does not meet minimal course standards, a secondary review is recommended.