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Course Planning and Design

Planning and designing a course takes both time and careful consideration. Whenever possible, it is recommended that you begin the planning and development process at least six months before you plan to teach the course. This is particularly important for online courses because they need to be fully developed before the students have access to them.

Following the steps below and using a course planning template can help you through the planning and design process. 

Step 1: Write your student learning outcomes.

Student learning outcomes are the foundation of every well-designed course. When writing your learning outcomes, think about what your students should be able to know or do once they have completed your course. 

Step 2: Determine your learning assessments.

The assessments you select should align with the learning outcomes you wrote in step 1. They should be able to directly measure whether or not the student has demonstrated mastery of the learning outcome.

Step 3: Select your learning activities.

Each required learning activity should directly support the assessments you have chosen in step 2. This will help ensure that the students are exposed to the instructional materials they need in order to successfully complete the assessments.

Step 4: Identify instructional technologies.

Integrating technology into your course is a great way to increase student engagement. The key with technology integration is to find the tool that best supports your learning outcomes. Don't fall into the technology trap.

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