Welcome. I am fairly new at GTD too, but I have some thoughts. There are a few other academics around the forums - it will be interesting to hear how they respond (i.e. whether each class they teach is a project, or whether they itemize each outcome related to that class as a seperate project).
Overall, I would say yes, you should capture these things in your Project folder. That is what the projects list is for - to capture all the outcomes you have to do that will take more than one step to complete. If you have multi-step things in your action lists that don't have a placeholder on the projects list, then your projects list is not complete.
My second comment would be about putting the various steps on their respective action lists. Only independent steps should be in your lists at any one time. So, for example, posting your materials on the course mgmnt system (step 3 from your example)should not be on your computer list until you have actually prepared the materials (step 2). (Because you cannot actually DO that action yet, so it will require mental energy when looking at your @computer lists to remember that you can't actually do that action yet.) The notes field of the relevant entry on your projects list (or wherever else you keep your project support material - I'm not familiar with MS OneNote) is where you keep these later actions until you are ready to put them on your action lists.
In practice, you may not end up transferring these actions to a list. Once you complete your lecture materials, you may be able to immediately post them onto the system, knowing this is the next required action - you don't need to have it on your @computer list. But if you couldn't do it right away, you would catch this during your daily or weekly review. You would notice that step 2 is done and would move step 3 from project support to an active list.
Well, that's enough from me - I'm procrastinating on my weekly review by writing this reply. Hope it helps. You could do a forum search for phrases like "nested projects" or "projects within projects" to try and find further insight on how to handle multi-layered projects.
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