Online Education, Educational Technology, and developing strategies for engaging learning is what the Distance Education Unit does all day, every day. Let our expertise help you to develop your online teaching and learning strategies.

Fully Online Course Developments

A collaborative development process between you and an instructional designer, supported by technology and copyright professionals. We'll guide you through the entire process ensuring your course employs the best practices in online teaching and learning. We'll also work with you along the way to master the tools appropriate for your course so you're as comfortable teaching online as you are in the classroom.

Online Assessments and Learning Activities

Taking your face-to-face learning activities online can be challenging. We can help you rethink your current learning activities and assessments to engage students in the online learning environment. We'll recommend tools and help redesign strategies for active learning that go beyond the discussion forums and help you feel confident with the technology in your course.

Accessibility Standards

Ensuring equitable accessibility to learning materials is especially concerning in an online environment. Chat with one of our Instructional Designers to find out how you can take steps to ensure your course materials, activities, and assessments meet the W3C standards. Improve your student's chances for success by removing unnecessary barriers from their online coursework.

Multi-Access Strategies

Multi-access learning gives students the freedom to access courses and programs in a way that best suits their individual needs. Learners can choose exactly how they want to access your course – onsite, offsite, online, face to face, or a blend of options. This flexible strategy ensures that whatever remote materials you develop today will have value tomorrow. Developing a multi-access strategy ensures you'll be prepared for every delivery format while giving students the option to choose what works best for them.

Open Textbooks

Blending your writing or course notes with media, images, and interactive components in an open textbook can be a great way to organize your course materials in a format that can be easily shared in multiple formats with students and colleagues. Take your course notes way beyond the PDF by connecting with one of our team members to discuss using Pressbooks.

Copyright and OER

Copyright compliance is a major concern for Departments and Colleges when developing a new course. With changing Canadian Copyright Laws and evolving University policies and procedures, it’s often intimidating for Course Authors to curate the content needed to enhance their courses. The DEU understands the need for copyright compliance and provides an experienced Copyright Coordinator to support every aspect of copyright compliance for your DEU developed online course.

Teaching with EdTech

Our team at DEU is experienced using a wide variety of instructional technologies both supported by the USask IT teams as well as 3rd party EdTech options that make learning work. Let us guide you in matching your teaching and learning needs with the right instructional tools. We can discuss your specific needs and talk through our proven approaches or we can work with you to incubate new and innovative strategies.


An ePortfolio is a digital collection of a student's course-related work, like essays, posters, photographs, videos, and artwork.  This online assessment tool can be linked with a variety of teaching strategies all intended to capture a journey. In other words, ePortfolios document and make student learning visible. Talk with us about how you might use this assessment tool in your class.