What You Need to Know About Course Design
Our course designers offer valuable insight, resources and expertise to course design, something that can be particularly useful to faculty when prepping a new course or offering a course online for the first time
When designing a course, have this in mind:
Ask yourself the questions:
- What do I already know?
- What do I want my students to learn?
- How do I expect the information to be presented?
- Are my materials relevant and do they reflect the learning units?
- Are my assessments a teaching tool or an evaluation mechanism?
- Can students evaluate their own progress?
- How is the technology integrated to achieve curricular goals?
- Is technology supporting the key components of learning?
- How am I using evaluations?
- Student to teacher?
- Student to materials?
- Student to student?
What are the key elements of design?
- Is location of materials intuitive to students?
- Is there a flow to the content?
- Is the style consistent?
- Are materials organized in a coherent order?
What are the design steps?
- Define outcomes of course or lesson
- Write learning objectives for the module
- Assess existing content
- Determine any gaps or omissions
- Design content (prototype)
- Evaluate content by learning objectives
- Fill any gaps
- Create Assessment