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Course Design

  • Frameworks & Taxonomies of Learning

    Being familiar with frameworks and taxonomies of learning can help instructors design their courses more effectively.​
  • Course Objectives & Learning Outcomes

    Establishing objectives and learning outcomes helps instructors choose the right kind of assessments, materials and activities for their courses.​
  • Course Modalities

    Course modality refers to how a course is offered by the instructor.​
  • Alignment in Course Design

    The concept of alignment refers to how critical course elements work together to promote students' achievement of the intended learning outcomes. ​

  • The Syllabus

    The most effective syllabus​ goes beyond listing the logistics and the topics covered in the course.
  • Attendance & Late Work Policies

    Setting clear attendance and late work policies can help minimize confusion.​
  • Learning Materials

    Identify and obtain learning materials after clarifying course objectives and learning outcomes.​
  • Course Design Calendar

    ​A suggested course design calendar.

  • Exit Tickets & Midterm Surveys

    ​​Surveying your students at the midpoint of the quarter can offer you valuable insights into what is going well and not so well in the courses that you’re teaching. ​