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Course Design Basics


Congratulations, you’ve got a new class to teach! 现在?

A helpful way to approach course design is to start with the end in mind – sometimes called Backwards Course Design.

The end means the knowledge, 技能, or abilities students will have mastered by the conclusion of the course. These are called course learning outcomes and are assigned by Saint Paul College. The rest is up to you to plan – how can you best use your time with them to help them reach their goals? 如何 can you make sure all course components align with the goals?

We recommend breaking the course up into smaller chunks that are easier to manage. AEI also offers a course mapping template inspired by 质量问题 and Culturally Responsive 教学 techniques.


Designing courses with the end in mind...

  • prioritizes course learning outcomes over ‘nice to know’
  • helps you stay organized and on track during the course
  • allows for more formative feedback along the way
  • is easier to adjust on the fly or make changes between semesters
  1. Find the official course learning outcomes on the 课程大纲
  2. 设计 评估 for each outcome (one assessment can cover multiple outcomes)
  3. 下载 Course Mapping Template and break up the course into smaller chunks – called modules – that can be a week, 一章, or a set of related topics
  4. Now that you have clear goals, what do they need to help them get there?
    1. Add activities that are engaging, 互动, culturally responsive, give formative feedback
    2. 选择 materials that are current, relevant, culturally responsive
    3. 选择 技术工具 aside from the basics like 变焦, D2L Brightspace, Kaltura MediaSpace

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