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Course Design Methods

Below, you can find the necessary steps when designing a new course. If you have any questions regarding course design, or require a consultation, please contact the Teaching and Learning Center here. 

Step 1

Start by deciding the student learning outcomes for the course. After taking your course, what should students be able to understand and/or be able to do?

Step 2

Start a working syllabus for your course. For additional help on crafting a course syllabus, refer to the Teaching and Learning Center Syllabus page.

Step 3

Select strategies to assess student learning outcomes. Consider what you as the instructor will say and do, and what the students will do as a result of your actions.

Step 4

With student learning outcomes in mind, determine appropriate content and activities for the learning environment. For instance, consider how students will learn the material at higher cognitive levels. Write a “learning environment statement” (see the syllabus template).  Consider if non-traditional course delivery methods are helpful, such as the flipped classroom or blending online learning (contact the Office of Online Programs).

Step 5

Choose strategies to exchange feedback on learning—formative and summative– during the course.

Step 6

Create unit or class session plans to stage learning (consult the “How To” on unit planning).

Step 7

Determine daily methods of engaging students and encouraging responsibility for learning, such as utilizing social media, technology, active learning techniques, etc.

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