Montclair State University recommends using the Orientation-Content-Interaction-Assessment (OCIA) model and course template when designing online and hybrid courses. Our model and template were guided by the nationally recognized Quality Matters program in order to ensure high-quality online education. This enables faculty and Instructional Designers to work collaboratively to enhance online teaching and learning outcomes.
The OCIA Course Design Model
The OCIA model supports a social, interaction-embedded approach to course design and development and uses learning modules to structure the course. MSU has developed a course template based on this approach, available to faculty when designing online courses.
OCIA Includes Four Main Components:
An Online Course Template at Montclair State University
Effective online course design relies on research-based best practices. Montclair State University has developed an online course template which is guided by the research-based course design rubric from Quality Matters. Online courses at MSU adopting the course template are designed with a learner-centered and interaction-facilitated approach. The items below are the major components recommended for an online course.
If you would like a copy of the course template, you may request one here.
How Do I Get Started?
Please visit our consultation page for more information on how to get started and set up an appointment with an Instructional Designer.