Class Information: Designing for Mastery in Online and Blended Education



This course is intended for educators who need to create online or blended lessons - or an entire class - and who have minimal to no experience designing for mastery-based online learning. The course is intended for a variety of educators: college instructors, homeschooling parents, community educators, and more. Note: for certified teachers, some concepts could be review, although possibly applied in a new way; even experienced teachers are encouraged to still carefully work through each section because they are often surprised (and hopefully delighted!) by the reframing of what they expect to be familiar concepts.


Continuing Education Units Available

In partnership with Ole Miss (University of Mississippi), we offer continuing education credits (CEUs) for each of the above classes. The process is simple!

1. Successfully complete the course.

2. Contact Us to let us know you're interested the CEUs.

3. Upon confirmation, we'll send you a form and link to submit to Ole Miss (you pay a $20 fee per class directly to Ole Miss).

Mentored Version: 3.0 CEUs

Stand-Alone Version: 1.4 CEUs

Note: members of the Parent Empowerment Project have access to the stand-alone version, and completion of this class through the PEP qualifies!


Learning Goals
  • Be able to use a goals-based approach to designing courses.
  • Determine prerequisite skills that will be needed to begin a lesson or course.
  • Consider scaffolding needs when planning a sequence of lessons.
  • Understand, take into consideration, and maximize the benefits of time and space, as it applies to online and blended education.
  • Be aware of the role that basic needs - as defined by Maslow's Hierarchy - plays in learning and working, as applied to the online and blended environment.
  • Understand the concepts of mastery, proficiency, and competency.
  • Understand different types of learning goals, and be able to clearly define the learning goals for a class.
  • Apply Bloom's taxonomy in the evaluation of learning goals, and be able to design learning and assessments to match the level per Bloom's.
  • Design assessments that can measure the defined learning goals of the class, mitigating for possible interference.
  • Explore methods in providing formative and instructional feedback, including for an iterative activity.
  • Know the causes of procrastination and academic integrity violations (e.g. plagiarism), and design activities and courses to prevent these concerns.
  • Design for a variety of learning modes and preferences, and understand how good learning is usually a "recipe" of several approaches.
  • Be aware of accessibility considerations.
  • Be able to create discussion questions worth discussing.
  • Explore online course layout options, both global and sequential.
  • Be aware of, and apply, formatting good practices for learning objects and the online classroom.


Course Outline
  1. Instructional Design Models Overview
    • Examples of Success
    • Key Terms for Getting Started
    • Introduction to Goals-Based, Backwards Design
    • Related Instructional Design Models
    • Applications
  2. Space and Time
    • Physical Environment
    • Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
    • Establishing Expectations & Boundaries
    • Energy Management
    • Timing and Pacing to Optimize Learning
    • Considerations for Hybrid School-Home Scheduling
    • Habituation & Time Wrangling
    • Applications
  3. Academic Integrity and Timeliness
    • Goal Orientation and Types
    • Lifeline Learning of the Multipotentialite
    • Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
    • Procrastination: Reasons & Solutions
    • Applications
  4. Multiple Ways of Learning
    • Reflect: Different Ways of Learning
    • Limitations and Considerations for Learning Needs and Preferences
    • Power of Emotion
    • Perceptual Modalities: More Than 3!
    • Beyond Modalities: Categories of Learning Needs and Preferences
    • Gifted and Talented
    • Learning Preferences Resources
    • Applications
  5. Determining Learning Goals
    • What's the Big Idea?
    • Learning Goals: First Sources to Consider
    • Learning Goals Lists
    • Bloom's Taxonomy for Goal Level Analysis
    • Classes versus Competencies
    • Cover versus Do
    • Competency, Proficiency, and Mastery
    • Applications
  6. Assessments and Assignments
    • Beware Interference with Assessment Accuracy
    • Assessment Options
    • Discussions Worth Discussing
    • Using a Course Outline and Course Plan
    • Applications
  7. Formative Feedback
    • Reflect: Personal Experiences with Grading
    • The Giving of Grades
    • Grading and the "Real World" Question
    • Encouraging and Formative Feedback
    • Rubrics to Guide and Evaluate
    • Applications
  8. Find & Create Learning Objects
    • Granular and Reusable Learning Objects
    • Avoid Modality Interference
    • Mindful Formatting
    • Copyright Considerations, Including Images (includes links to free resources)
    • Using Ready-Made Content
    • The Power of Story
    • Content Creation Tools
    • Applications
  9. Online Course Sequencing & Layout
    • Layout and Sequencing
    • Applications
    • Ongoing Development


Note Regarding Applications: The lessons have you working on your own course, or part of one, as you complete each section. Each of the "applications" sections lists one or more things you can do to apply the lessons to the creation of your own course.


Options for Enrollment

Do you want a course mentor who will give you feedback, and documentation of completion for your records? Or would you like to work through the course independently? Select the option that works best for you.


PEP Members

Cost: Free

Enrollment: The self-directed version of this course is provided free to members and is already available in your course list. If you are not a member, click here to learn more.

Details: Continuous access so long you are a PEP member.



Cost: $65

Start Date: Open, start anytime

Enrollment: Click here to enroll

Details: 6 months access to the course.


Mentored, with Documentation

Cost: $490

Start Date: See Course Catalog, or click enroll link below, for next start date.

Enrollment: Click here to enroll. If you wish in inquire about a sooner start date, Contact Us.

Details: 12 weeks, flexible-paced, with mentor response and access. 6 months access to the course content.


Train the Trainer & Licensing Seats

Cost: Contact Us

Enrollment: Contact Us

Details: One or more people with your organization can successfully complete the mentored version of the class. After this, you can request that they have a copy of this class set up with them as the instructor. We can enroll other people from your organization into this class (for the standard self-directed rate), to be overseen by your own personnel as instructors. This can be a cost-effective way for you to have more people trained.


icon of question mark.If you want more information about this class, including scheduling for group enrollments, please feel free to contact us!


illustration of a sunflower.More About the PEP Member Access Option

Become a member of the Parent Empowerment Project to gain access to the following:

  • Homeschool Quickstart Class, standard self-directed option

  • Curriculum & Instruction Library

  • Additional self-directed classes and resources for parents, including Sensory World, and ADHD Setting Up for Success

  • As new classes and resources are added, you gain access to those as well.  

Cost: $20 per month, for as long as you need and then cancel at any time. Click here to sign up.


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