Course Design

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When it comes to designing courses, it is easy to slip into auto-pilot and immediately look at the topic we are assigned to teach, select a text book or other reading material, find where we can reinforce the lectures with homework or projects, and come up with some way to test whether the students have learned the material. 
 
"All true learning is experience, everything else is just information." - Albert Einstein
 
Designing a course for student success leaves behind the idea that teaching is simply “telling.” The focus shifts away from covering content to creating opportunities for students to think deeply about the content and engage in authentic practice with feedback along the way.  One starts by considering what we want students to be able to do by the end of the course.

 

The Basic Steps of Course Design: