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Fall 2022 - Course - Course Basics - 3WKA

Ended Sep 18, 2022

Full course description


Course Basics is an online professional development course designed to help instructors learn how to create basic course material that is inviting and clear. In this course, participants will learn about home pages, course components, and best practices for utilizing LMS resources and creating content. 

Participants in this course will watch videos, use Canvas documentation, complete activities, and participate in discussions.

Target AudienceThis course is intended for instructors in a Community College environment. The techniques and tools in Course Basics will be used in all of your online courses. The course will also be beneficial for anyone who will be creating a course, for example, course instructors as well as instructional designers.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Design an appropriate Home Page
  • Develop clear instructions identifying  course components and required materials
  • Create well-designed information so it can be better summarized and remembered by the learner
  • Explain how course graphics and images are properly used along with observing copyright law
  • Demonstrate where to place course and institutional policies in an easy location including institutional support services and accessibility policies
  • Illustrate how to show Instructor information including pertinent information
  • Demonstrate proper use of menu items


Dr. Wilhite

Christa Wilhite


This course is being taught by Dr. Christa Wilhite, the Instructional Design Specialist for the Division of eLearning and Instructional Technology at the Mississippi Community College Board. Christa is a graduate of the University of Alabama and holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. Professionally, Christa is focused on integrating technology into instructional practices to create learning experiences that are cohesive across modes of delivery. In her personal life, Christa enjoys applying learning and motivational constructs when working with dogs in a training environment.