Create An Online Course

Learn to Create an Online Course
This website is designed to be a faculty resource for online course development through USU Extension. It will guide you through the creation of a basic course to creating a more advanced course(s), if needed.

Levels of Extension Online Courses

Development begins with a basic level 1 course. Creating a level 1 course enables you to assemble useful information for the public, for little to no cost. A published level 1 course also allows for feedback and a market analysis, which may assist when considering whether to modify or expand your course.

Level 2 or 3 courses provide the customer with something more than just information. This can include a certificate of attendance, CEU's, badges, etc. Unlike level 1, these courses typically include registration fees and the involvement of instructional designers.

Course Levels Explained Online Course Samples

Course Creation Guides

To move forward with your course, follow these step-by-step guides.

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3


There are many benefits to creating non-credit online courses including:

  • More people can learn about your work/research
  • The general populace can benefit from your expertise
  • They can be used to strengthen promotion and tenure packets
  • They can generate funds
  • Many grants require "broader impacts"