The Learning Systems Design and Development Competencies (Artifact Description):

Designing Online Courses

Main Artifact (Click on the link below):

Introduction to Health Coaching In Action

Supporting materials for the Health Coaching In Action learning module (Click on the links below to download):

Meaningful Learning Module Detail

Meaningful Learning Module Assignment 1 Rubric

Artifact Description:

This was the main project in the Designing Online Courses class. I created a learning module for a Health Coaching educational program. There are a few artifacts associated with the project. The first is a link to the site that houses the class. Also, included are the supporting materials, which detail the learning module and an assessment or rubric for grading the students’ work in one of the assignments.

The goal was to create a meaningful learning module that would be administered completely online. This presents its own unique set of challenges to creating this type of learning. In the course we discovered that the characteristics of meaningful learning are that it is: active, intentional, constructive, authentic and cooperative (Dabbagh & Ritland, 2005). I chose a variety of instructional strategies and activities that would engage the learner with the before-mentioned attributes. I focused on higher order learning activities that promoted authentic learning, problem solving, articulation, collaboration, etc.

This was an individual project. I researched the subject matter and domain, developed learning objectives, developed a context and description of my learner, chose the appropriate instructional strategies and designed the instruction and activities. See the artifact: Meaningful Learning Module Detail.

Next, I began the development of the delivery method. I redesigned a template provided by the site that housed the learning module. I created the graphics for the header and researched and purchased additional images that would enhance the learning experience.

Finally, I created a rubric or assessment tool to measure a student’s performance in the module.


I found designing and developing the course an encompassing learning experience. It included a lot of firsts. The two that stood out most to me were my first time creating learning objectives and first exposure to instructional strategies. It also changed my focus. I had created training for co-workers in previous jobs, but always concentrated on the content. In building this class, it taught me to focus on the entire learning experience. Out of all the content available, what is really essential for the student to learn, and what is the best way to present it so that it can be learned most effectively? How do I engage the learner in a meaningful way? These were questions I hadn’t considered before, but ones that now guide my creation of instruction.

And finally, not only did I receive an excellent score on the project, but was also honored by a request from the instructor to use my learning module as one of the examples for future courses.


Dabbagh, N. & Bannan-Ritland, B. (2005). Online Learning: Concepts, Strategies, and Application. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

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