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Design Resources

See below for a list of resources and support services for you to use as you design, develop, or teach your online course.

The LSU Online Design & Development team has put together a Learning Design Glossary of Terms. This is not an exhaustive list, but there is a focus on online and blended delivery modalities.

The Preparing and Facilitating Your Online Course checklist can be used as you prepare for the start of a new term. It includes links to resources for additional information.

The LSU Online team has created a Moodle template for faculty to use to develop blended and online courses. The template provides an accessible foundation for courses and includes guidelines and components that are based on best online pedagogical practices. Request the Campus Moodle template for your course(s) by completing the Campus Moodle Template Request Form.

When you request this template, we will create a Master Course with the template so that you can begin working. This Master Course is a sandbox where you can design your course in preparation for teaching—students are not enrolled in it, and only you will see your work there. Please note that before the term begins, you must import the contents of your Master Course into your teaching course. For instructions, see GROK article 19965. Contact the FTC at 225-578-3375, option 2 or for assistance.

Depending on the volume of requests, it may take approximately 2-3 business days to fulfill your request.

Enroll yourself in the Faculty Resources for Learning Design & Teaching course in Moodle to access helpful resources and information as you design, develop, and teach your blended or online course.

The Stay Connected with Zoom document includes considerations and strategies to follow when using Zoom in your courses.


Video: Zoom: Scheduling a Meeting

Video: Zoom: Starting a Scheduled Meeting

The Tips for Effective Online Teaching document provides faculty with some research-based best strategies for effective teaching online.

The following resources provide ideas and considerations for faculty, should circumstances change and modalities have to be switched in a heartbeat.


PDF: In Preparation for Finals

PDF: Rethinking Traditional Assessment

PDF: Lightest Lift Alternatives to Face-to-Face Options

PDF: Accessibility Guidelines when adapting content for an online modality

PDF: Condensing Content Effectively

The Tools for Video-Based Instruction document provides an overview of LSU video tools recommended for providing live (synchronous) lectures, recorded content, and video assignments.

The Instructor Support Referral Guide includes information on various support services at LSU to assist you and your students with technological, course-related, or student-related issues or concerns.

The process of cross-enrolling courses in Moodle combines two student populations from different Moodle sites into one Moodle course (this is different from cross-listing courses). For example, a department can list a web-based course for campus students in an accelerated term (7-week B or C session) and an LSU Online course (7-week), which would run concurrently. After the mainframe creates these courses in Moodle, students enrolled in the web-based campus Moodle course can be transferred into the LSU Online Moodle course, where instruction will take place for the combined roster. Departments and faculty may choose to cross-enroll courses to consolidate teaching assignments, which may be more cost effective and efficient for departments with limited teaching opportunities. This will also give different students in the same course a consistent learning experience across sections, as traditional students and online students have access to the same course design and materials.

For a few considerations when you are deciding whether to cross-enroll a course, see the Cross-Enrollment Information Sheet.

  • No later than one month prior to the start of a term, complete and submit the Cross-Enrollment Request survey in Qualtrics.
  • For an overview of the process and what is required, watch the Cross-Enrollment Information Session (Recorded Training).
  • LSU Online sends reminder emails to program contacts two months, one month, and two weeks prior to the first day of the term. If you are interested in cross-enrollment, consult the individual in your department who is in charge of course scheduling for more information.
  • For instructions on importing the placeholder Moodle course into your Teaching Course, see GROK article 19848. If you would like assistance with backing up and importing courses, contact the Faculty Technology Center (; 225-578-3375, option 2).