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.
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?
Start a working syllabus for your course. For additional help on crafting a course syllabus, refer to the Teaching and Learning Center Syllabus page.
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.
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).
Choose strategies to exchange feedback on learning—formative and summative– during the course.
Create unit or class session plans to stage learning (consult the “How To” on unit planning).
Determine daily methods of engaging students and encouraging responsibility for learning, such as utilizing social media, technology, active learning techniques, etc.