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Course Design

Design Your Course in Eight Easy Steps!

  1. Contact Cindy Yamaguchi ( for hybrid and Distance Learning course design support.

  2. Print out a copy of the UH Hilo Quality Online Course Design Guidelines and begin the process of planning your online course with Cindy Yamaguchi.

  3. Login to Laulima and choose the course's tab.

  4. Add a Homepage/Welcome page to your course to provide students with important information about course requirements, tool explanations, student resources, and more.

Graphic Example of POLS 322 Laulima Homepage
Screenshot of Sarah MarusekÔÇÖs POLS 322 Laulima Homepage
Graphic Example of ENG 206 Laulima Homepage
Screenshot of Lauri SagleÔÇÖs ENG 206 Laulima Homepage
  1. Add a Syllabus, including contact and office hours information; university policy and service statements; course attendance requirements and information about how students should conduct themselves.

    • This Syllabus Template will provide a good foundation with helpful sample text that you can modify and add to your course. It includes the above referenced syllabus information, plus course completion requirements, technical requirements information, and a course schedule you can fill in.

    • Samples of comprehensive online course syllabi:
    • Samples of University Policy and Service Statements including:
      • Academic Dishonesty
      • Accommodation (Disability Statement): Provided by UH Hilo's Disability Services Office.
      • Advising: Provided by UH Hilo's Advising Center
      • Human Rights
      • Kilohana Academic Success Center
      • Sexual Assault
      • Student Conduct
    • Sample Netiquette Text
  2. Add Tools for course content, communication, assignments, exams, and more.

  3. Two weeks prior to the semester send out an email to students with important information about your course:

  4. Using the UH Hilo Quality Online Course Design Guidelines, successfully complete the review of your online course with Cindy Yamaguchi and obtain the Quality Online Course Design Certification for your course.

For more assistance:

Laulima Fix-its and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Access helpful solutions and FAQ's from your peers - Send Cindy Yamaguchi your questions and solutions.
    • Communications - Includes giving students access to Discussions on a specific date or time.
    • Grading - Covers how to fix Gradebook so dashes don't make student grades higher.
    • PowerPoint - Includes advice on tools to deliver your PowerPoints online and fixing problems with Impaticized versions that are not working.
    • Syllabus - Covers how to get your online students to read your Syllabus.
    • Testing - Includes how to set an exam for just one student.
    • More Laulima FAQs

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