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Designing a Quality Course

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Outcomes & Course Objectives

Course Outline

Designing the Module

Course Content

Finishing Touches

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Define the high-level outcomes of the course
  • What should students know?
  • What should students be able to do?
  • How will you know they know/did it?

Articulate objectives for the course as the foundation of your planning.

  • Use action-oriented statements. (Writing in Bloom might help!)

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Course Objectives

Course: Movie Watching Fundamentals


Outcomes: Watch a movie, with popcorn. Appreciate and critique the movie after viewing.

Course Objectives:
  1. Explain the most common movie genres.
  2. Prepare a bowl of popcorn.
  3. Select and view a movie.
  4. Compare and contrast the movie with other movies.
  5. Elaborate on key plot points to explain what the characters should have done.

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Use the outcomes and course objectives to outline the flow of the course.


Divide or “chunk” the main topics into segments:
  • Weeks
  • Units
  • Blocks
  • Modules

You can create modules on the Modules Page in Canvas to help you plan out and visualize the "chunks."

Course Outline

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Designing
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Now that you have your:

Course Objectives
Outline of your course modules

You're ready to start building the modules out. Use this Module Worksheet for the remaining steps!

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Choose how you want to start designing your modules.

Designing the Module

Do you prefer to focus on what the students will be DOING first?


Do you prefer to focus on what the students will be LEARNING first?


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If you want to start your module design by focusing on what students should learn in each module, then you want to start by defining the module objectives.

Module objectives help ensure that your students are working towards the Course Outcomes and Objectives. Look at your Course Objectives, look at your module topics, and make the connection between the two. What are students learning in each module and how does that tie back to the overarching Course Objectives?

What will students

be learning?

Course Objective #1: Explain the most common movie genres.


Module: Week 2, Common Movie Genres

Module Objective:
Identify the characteristics and typical composition for adventure, action, comedy, drama, romance, thriller/suspense, horror, and documentary films.

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If you want to start your module design by focusing on what students are going to be doing, then you want to start by developing your assignments. Variety is important!


Start with the “big rocks”
  • Major assignments
  • Key assessments

Work backward to fill in gaps
  • Discussions and peer reviews
  • Homework, practice, short essays
  • Quizzes and practice tests
  • Reflections or annotations

What will students be doing?

Based on the assignments, you can then develop the Module Objectives:

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When you're ready to write your module objectives, think SMART Goals (hover over each to see how they pertain to your Module Objectives):

Specfic

Course Objectives are broad, overarching outcomes, Module Objectives should focus on the narrower concepts covered within that module.

Measurable

How do you know students grasped the concept? Like you did with your Course Objectives, use action verbs. "Understand" and "Learn" do not describe measurable actions. How do you know the student understood or learned something? Perhaps they had to explain or identify in order to demonstrate that they understood or learned.

Achievable

Are students being given all the resources in the module to achieve the module objectives?

Realistic

Does the objective make sense when aligned with the Course Objectives?

Time-bound

Module Objectives are meant to be met within the module.

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First Step

Identify the thing you want students to learn.

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the characteristics and typical composition for adventure, action, comedy, drama, romance, thriller/suspense, horror, and documentary films

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Select a measurable verb to describe the behavior that will demonstrate that they have learned the thing.

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Add criteria to identify how or when it is observable.

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Identify the characteristics and typical composition for adventure, action, comedy, drama, romance, thriller/suspense, horror, and documentary films in a quiz.

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Provide content that gives students what they need to complete the assignments and in turn supports the objectives.


Variety is key!
  • Textbook readings
  • Supplemental articles or websites
  • Lectures (live or recorded)
  • Presentations or interactive pages
  • Multimedia selections (videos, podcasts, etc.)

Beware information overload.

Differentiate between required and optional.

Course Content

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Welcome message/video and biography

Review planned student interaction in the course to ensure you have: student-student, student-content, student-instructor
Build in some opportunities for practice
Develop rubrics for anything not automatically graded
Provide expectations for response time for student communication
Provide expectations for feedback for assignments

Finishing Touches

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