Course Development

We work with Rutgers faculty to support the use of educational technology and sound pedagogical principles to design face-to-face, blended, and online courses.

Learning Opportunities

If you are looking for some help with educational technology, you are in the right place. We regularly offer short training workshops (30-60 mins) on Sakai and other educational technology tools. These workshops have an open enrollment and are offered both online and in person. Recent workshops include: Sakai Gradebook, VoiceThread Basics, and Introduction to Video using Kaltura. If you would like to sign up for an online or in-person workshop, visit Workshop Registration.

Course Development Overview

Support for course design runs the gamut from minor edits to full-fledged course development. While planning your course you will face a wide range of tasks, levels of complexity, and different technologies. We work with faculty at any stage of the process. See our Course Development Overview to learn more, or schedule a 1 to 1 appointment with us to begin developing your course.

Course Development Resources

We have created several templates to make it easier for you to get started building a course, whether you are working with us or prefer to work on your own.  Our Course Development Resources page includes an online course template in Sakai, Syllabus template, and Rubric templates.  If you have questions about any of our resources, or have suggestions for additional resources you would like to see, schedule a 1 to 1 appointment with us.

Online / Blended Pedagogy Guides

Creating an online or hybrid course is not as simple as posting Powerpoint slides and assigning online homework. Significant pedagogical planning needs to take place to engage students with the course material, the professor, and each other in both face-to-face and online environments.  Our Online / Blended Pedagogy page contains detailed guides to help you as you plan your course.

Quality Online Course Review

The Quality Online Course Review, or QOCR, is for faculty, program directors, or department chairs interested in revising their existing blended or online course offerings. Best practices suggest that online courses undergo revision every three years.  Our Quality Online Course Review page contains detailed information about our course review services.  To start a course review for your course, you can schedule a 1 to 1 appointment with us.

Best Practices & Standards

As the demand for online and blended courses grows at Rutgers University, there is a need for greater consistency in the quality of online offerings to students.  Read more about some of the latest research into best practices and standards here.


The Rutgers University Accessibility website offers a series of accessibility standards for various document types, tutorials for learning management systems and hardware, and a prepared course-pack for instructors.

Emergency Course Continuity

When unforeseeable events occur, the university may cancel classes. University closings can interrupt the flow of a course, displacing due dates and assessments. The Emergency Course Continuity page lists some tips for using technology to continue a class while the university’s doors are closed.