OTL Level 1 – Setting Up Your Online Classroom

Setting up an online course involves many steps familiar to teachers of traditional, face-to-face courses, with a few key differences. In this course, you’ll explore how to format and structure an online course and identify what strategies might work best when developing your own courses. As the second of eight courses in the Online Teaching and Learning (OTL) Level 1 series, you’ll be on your way to earning a badge for each course and, ultimately, achieving the OTL Level 1 Mastery badge.

In this course, you will:

  • Identify definitions and components of instructional best practices for online course design and expectations.
  • Draft a policy or expectation that could be used in your online course.
  • Describe your rationale for your policy or expectation and how it will benefit students.
  • Create a welcome letter for your online course using at least nine components described in the lesson.

SCECHs Granted


Who should take this course?

Support Staff

What grade level(s) does this course apply to?

Early Childhood
High School
Lower Elementary
Middle School
Upper Elementary


OTL Level 1 - Setting Up Your Online Classroom

Course Vendor

Michigan Virtual