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Blended and Online Learning Design

Welcome to Blended and Online Learning Design, developed by the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning. If you would like to access the course materials without creating a user account, simply click the "Explore Course" button above.

Blended and Online Learning Design is a guide to creating digital learning content at Stanford. It walks you through the design process from beginning to end and consists of the following modules:

  1. Introduction: How do I navigate these modules? What resources does Stanford provide for me?
  2. Planning Your Course: How do I get started with creating my course? What platforms are available? What tools can I use?
  3. Designing for All Learners: How do I design inclusive and accessible course content?
  4. Designing Blended Courses: How do I design an effective course with both online and face-to-face components?
  5. Presenting Content Online: How can I most effectively use videos, slides, HTML, and other media to present course content?
  6. Creating Assessments: What types of assessments are available and how can I use them most effectively?
  7. Fostering Social Presence & Motivation Online: How do I build genuine community to keep students motivated?

We are in the process of developing additional content, which will be released incrementally.

Self-Paced Resources

The modules in Blended and Online Learning Design are self-paced, meaning they have no deadlines, and the materials will be available indefinitely for you to work through on your own schedule. The modules can be completed in any order and should serve as a resource for you during the creation of your online content.


These resources are designed for Stanford faculty and staff members who are involved with creating online instructional content. We will assume that you have experience teaching on campus but not online.

These resources were developed by the Stanford Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there recommendations on specific platforms and tools that I can use in my course production?

Although we recognize the value of providing such information, the ever-changing landscape of educational technologies makes it a significant challenge to keep information current. Therefore, we provide general information, but for details, we recommend that you request a consultation with one of our instructional designers.

Can I obtain a Statement of Accomplishment?

No. Since BOLD is designed as a general teaching resource rather than as a class per se, there is no Statement of Accomplishment awarded for completion. The modules allow participants the flexibility to skip through and view whatever content is relevant to their own needs.

Are there required assignments?

No. However, each module contains optional activities and exercises.

How many hours should I expect to spend on each module?

It varies because some of the modules have much more content than others. Also, you may elect to skip parts of modules that are not relevant to you. On average, each module should take from 1 to 3 hours to complete.

Do I need to buy a textbook?

No textbook is required. A resource that might be helpful is How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, and Marie K. Norman (Jossey-Bass, 2010).

Is this resource open to non-Stanford participants?

Yes. However, the content is written with a Stanford audience in mind. Please check with your own institution for information about its specific resources and policies.

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