Office for Professional Academic Development

Designing, Delivering & Evaluating Online Study-Units

Course Faciliatators: Professor Colla J. MacDonald & Dr James Cilia
Study-unit code: OPD5002
Target Audience: Academic staff
Course duration: 9 weeks  

Course Overview

Academic staff at the University of Malta are invited to participate in the professional development course: Designing, Delivering and Evaluating Online Study-Units. This course is designed to provide academic staff, who have little or no experience with online teaching, with the support to transfer study-units from a face-to-face to a blended or online format. 

The course will run over a nine-week period (3 March to 25 May – refer to schedule below) with the first session being offered as a two-hour session via Zoom. The remaining sessions will be asynchronous i.e. participants can complete these sessions at any time during the week the session is offered. 

The main goal of the course is to provide participants with the basic knowledge and skills required to design, deliver and evaluate one online session in a study unit, while experiencing what it is like to be an online learner. It is expected that if you can design, deliver and evaluate one session, you will be able to design, deliver and evaluate additional sessions in the future. 

There will also be support available from IT Services following the workshop series if you forget how to do something, have additional questions or need further assistance. 


Course Topics

 The course covers the processes involved in the design, delivery and evaluating online study-units. The learning outcomes of this course include:

  • Creating learning objectives for an online session.
  • Organising content for an effective online learning session.
  • Finding and uploading supportive resources to enhance online content.
  • Creating learning activities to deliver online content and engage the learner effectively.
  • Creating a video and/or voice-over for a slide deck to enhance online session delivery.
  • Designing and communicating online policies and expectations.
  • Setting up a discussion forum to facilitate learning and reflection.
  • Designing assignments to effectively evaluate learners in an online environment.

Registration Details

The course is open for academic staff at the University of Malta. Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. 

This course requires a commitment of on average 6 hours per week of “study time”. This includes reading course materials, viewing recorded lectures, contributing to online discussions, writing activities and practical implementation of learning. There is a high demand for the course, so if you cannot devote six hours a week to this course please do not register to follow this course. There will be opportunities in the future to follow this course.

The course is being offered at no cost. Academics interested in following this course are invited to register online

You can ask to be placed on the waiting list if the above course is fully booked. You will be notified by email when the next course is scheduled.