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Resources for Developing and Teaching Online Courses

To access just-in-time resources designed to give you the “nuts and bolts” for teaching remotely, go to the self-enroll Canvas site, Planning Your Online Course: Just the Facts. It provides information and templates for planning and designing your online course, activities, assessments, and rubrics. Within this site, you can request a 30-minute consultation during our Instructional Designers’ Virtual Office Hours.

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Training Information

In order to prepare faculty to create online or hybrid courses, we offer a program focused on online course design and teaching. Using a Design-Build-Teach approach, faculty can create a new online course or convert a traditional course online as they complete the online training program.

This training is applicable for all of the following: 

  • Faculty who previously completed online training at Butler and want to refresh their knowledge.
  • Faculty who have taught online elsewhere but not at Butler.
  • Faculty interested in teaching online or hybrid courses in the future and want to get a head start on planning and developing these courses.
  • Faculty who will be teaching online at Butler University during the next 1-2 terms.

If you would like more information about online courses, contact us at

Best Practices for Designing and Teaching Online Courses: Basic Training

This training is for faculty 1) new to teaching online 2) with experience teaching online but not at Butler or 3) with experience teaching online but updating or refreshing their online skill set. 

Application-focused activities include step-by-step information on content planning, potential resources, design templates, instructional techniques for activities and guidelines for course organization and design. There are no grades, no pressure; work at your own pace and the instructional designers will answer any questions and provide suggestions and feedback to help as you map your online course content, student engagement approaches and activities. 

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Online learning can include several types of learning:

  • Asynchronous learning is instructional time and interactions with peers that are not delivered "live." Students can choose when and where to access materials and respond to their instructor and peers based on course requirements.
  • Synchronous learning implies some or all instructional time and/or peer interaction is delivered "live," and students are expected to attend classes online at designated times.
  • Hybrid learning occurs when a course combines aspects of online learning with classroom-based instruction to give students the flexibility of online learning and the benefits of face-to-face time with instructors and peers. The amount of time required to complete coursework online and attend campus-based classroom sessions varies from course to course-instructors determine how much time is spent in each learning environment. 
  • Flipped classrooms first expose students to new material outside of class, typically through readings or video lectures, which allows class time to be used to help students understand the material through problem solving, discussion, and/or debates. 

University Guidelines for Teaching Online

Effective Summer 2018

Any faculty (full-time and adjuncts) teaching an online course or program at Butler must complete the Butler training for designing, building, and teaching online courses.

Training is recommended and encoruaged for hybrid/flipped courses but not required.

Waivers: Faculty who have taught online at other institutions can seek an exception and, if approved, forgo the training provided they:

  • Include an end-of-course student survey to ensure the quality, and
  • Develop the course ahead of time and receive peer and CAT review.

Typical Workload for Online Courses

The following information and resources are provided to help answer questions you may have, as well as determine if online and hybrid learning is right for you.

For Butler University online courses, the estimated minimum total time of engagement for a 3-credit hour course is as follows:

Minimum Engagement Hours For a Three-Credit Course

Three Credit Hour Couse Duration

Weekly Contact Hours Weekly Homework Hours Weekly Estimated Time of Student Engagement
15 Weeks 3 Hours 6 Hours 9 Hours
14 Weeks 3 Hours 7 Hours 10 Hours
13 Weeks 3.5 Hours 7 Hours 10.5 Hours
12 Weeks 4 Hours 7.25 Hours 11.25 Hours
11 Weeks 4.24 Hours 8.25 Hours 12.5 Hours
10 Weeks 4.5 Hours 9 Hours 13.5 Hours
9  Weeks 5 Hours 10 Hours

15 Hours

8 Weeks 6 Hours 11 Hours 17 Hours
7 Weeks 6.5 Hours 13 Hours 19.5 Hours
6 Weeks 7.5 Hours 15 Hours 22.5 Hours
5 Weeks 9 Hours 18 Hours 27 Hours
4 Weeks 11 Hours 23 Hours 34 Hours
3 Weeks 15 Hours 30 Hours 45 Hours
2 Weeks 22.5 Hours 45 Hours 67.5 Hours
1 Week 45 Hours 90 Hours 135 Hours