Design for Online Learning (DOL) (after Fall 2022)

Design for Online Learning 

The Design for Online Learning concentration develops knowledge, skills, and attitudes in professionals who design, teach, support, evaluate, lead, and manage programs for diverse audiences via distance technology in educational, corporate, government, military, and non-profit organizations. The program is innovative as it approaches Design for Online Learning from an international and cross-cultural perspective. Developed using the latest Internet-based technologies and facilitated by internationally recognized faculty the program is accessible entirely online. The program emphasizes a learner-centered, community-centered, interactive approach to online learning, where participants engage in hands-on activities and work collaboratively on complex, authentic real-world projects to develop products for immediate, practical use in the work environment. Participants interested in research explore Interaction Analysis and Social Learning Analytics to determine how online interactions and online learning communities can be improved. Careers include eLearning development specialist, faculty eLearning talent developer, and eLearning designer. 

Plan III: Coursework (30 credit hours)

Required Core (15 credit hours) Plan III

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours

(OILS 535


OILS 536)

Culture and Global eLearning I1
Culture and Global eLearning II2
OILS 541The Adult Learner3
OILS 544Program Evaluation 3

OILS 546


OILS 547

Framing Designs for Learning2
Prototyping Designs for Learning1
OILS 597Capstone3
Concentration (15 credit hours)
Choose from: Design for Online Learning concentration15
Plan III Total30


Students must register for OILS 597 Capstone. The Capstone is offered as a 1 credit hour segment 5 times an academic year (Fall 1st Half, Fall 2nd Half, Spring 1st Half, Spring 2nd Half, and Summer). Students should repeat the course three times to fulfill the requirement for 3 credit hours. Students may take the 1 credit hour segments consecutively, but it is not required. For students who plan to graduate in one year, students should take the Capstone during their second semester. For Students who plan to graduate in two years, students should take the Capstone during their third semester. 

Required Core Courses for the Design for Online Learning Concentration (12 credit hours)

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
OILS 517Applied Aesthetics for Learning Design3
OILS 537eLearning Course Design I1
OILS 538eLearning Course Design II2
OILS 560Ethics and Design I2
OILS 561Ethics and Design II1
OILS 571Assessment for Learning and Performance I2
OILS 572Assessment for Learning and Performance II1


Elective Courses for the Design for Online Learning Concentration (3 credit hours) 

Students may select 3 additional hours of electives from the following list selected in consultation with their advisors. Other OILS classes may be substituted as well.

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
OILS 533Leadership or Online Learning Systems3
OILS 534Mobile Learning3
OILS 554Consulting and Project Management3