Course Design


Course Design Terminology

When you’re designing a course, especially when it is your first time, there can be a lot of new terminology to learn. Here’s a quick list to get you started. This is instruction that does not happen at predetermined or regular intervals.
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Design Models

If design models seem like common sense, investigate a model that is more precise and tailored to your specific objectives. For example, an apprentice program or practicum course may benefit from a simple assessment by asking questions such as...
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Establishing Learning Outcomes

The first step in building your course is to identify the learning outcomes for your students providing them with distinct achievement goals towards which to work. Having clearly defined learning outcomes will also help you structure the content of the course more effectually.
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Formative vs. Summative Assessment

An instructor may choose to use different learning activities and assessments to encourage learning. There is a large difference between what is used to provide feedback (formative assessment) and what is used as a summary of learning (summative assessment).
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Mapping-Out Your Course

Before traveling to a new destination you usually consult a map. Why wouldn’t you do the same before designing your course? In a sense, creating a new course is an exciting new adventure. Course mapping helps you outline your destination and ensure your outcomes and assessments are aligned.
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Selecting Tools

With all the technology out there, how do you decide what is appropriate for your course, and more importantly, what is going to most benefit the students learning? You might be one of those instructors who thinks, “If I just ignore it, it will go away.”
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