Every Learner Everywhere
Online Learning Consortium
Achieving the Dream
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Essentials of Quality and Equitable Digital Learning: From Design and Development to Facilitation and Engagement

This professional learning opportunity serves as a comprehensive deep dive into the quality charactistics of online learning, guiding participants through the unique affordances of digital learning environments, designing and developing online courses that center care, and creating multiple points of engagement across synchronous and asynchronous digital learning environments. This foundational service will build agency and confidence amongst instructional and design teams, covering the following topics:

  • Principles of Equitable and Inclusive Digital Learning
  • Instructor Presence and Student Engagement
  • Data-Informed Content and Assessment Design
  • Supporting Student Readiness and Expectations
  • Designing with Equity and Access in Mind
  • Fundamentals of Continuous Improvement

The series of customized trainings on equitable online education are specifically tailored to two key populations: 1) educators who might serve as mentors to faculty responsible for the design and facilitation of online courses; 2) the faculty themselves seeking resources and support for designing, facilitating, and assessing quality online instruction within inclusive digital learning environments.



  • Core Components
    • Facilitated HyFlex kickoff
    • Facilitated asynchronous train the trainer workshop
    • Self-paced asynchronous modules for faculty/staff
    • Facilitated synchronous participant showcase
  • Optional Components
    • Interactive toolkit
    • Strategic consulting engagement
    • Assessment and recommendations report


  • 3 week engagement per cohort/section of core components
  • Ongoing access to interactive toolkit