Optional Course Design Learning Activities

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    Use one or more of these optional activities to apply what you've learned to your own course. Complete the activity on your own. Share your work with a colleague informally or through a Peer Review. Or, ask for feedback through the discussion forums in this course. Consider also providing useful constructive feedback to others; it is a great way to solidify your own understanding of these concepts.


    You might also find the content of these activities useful to bring concrete ideas and questions to the your peers or the course facilitators. And the collaboration doesn't end there-- continue these discussions with the colleagues at your institution and in your broader peer groups.



    Course Design Activity 1: Goals and Objectives

    • Rubric criteria:
      • Goals and objectives are easily located within the course
      • Course goals and objectives are explained clearly
      • Objectives reflect desired learning outcomes
      • Objectives are provided for specific units/modules of the course
    • Assignment:
      • Read "Developing Course Objectives" from the Illinois Online Network.
      • Write three objectives for your course.
      • Tip:  Think about what students should be able to perform or accomplish.
    • Example:


    Course Design Activity 2: Content Presentation

    • Rubric criteria:
      • Content is provided in manageable segments
      • Content is easily navigated; progression within units is intuitive or obvious
      • Content is presented using a variety of media (e.g. text, visual, audio) as appropriate to the audience, learning goals, and subject
      • Supplementary content materials are provided or suggested for further study
    • Assignment:
      • Read the chapter "Designing Modules for Learning" from Emerging Issues in the Practice of University Learning and Teaching.
      • Write an outline of content and activities for one unit of your course.
      • Tip: Think about how the learner activities support the learning outcomes you are working to achieve.
    • Example:


    Course Design Activity 3: Learner Engagement     

    • Rubric criteria:
      • Instructional strategies are designed to help students reach course goals and objectives
      • Learners are provided clear guidance on how to use course content to achieve stated learning objectives
      • Learning activities encourage higher order thinking (problem solving, analysis, critical reflection, etc.)
      • Individualized learning experiences (e.g. remedial or advanced activities) are provided as needed
    • Assignment:
      • Browse CourseSmart for publisher materials and/or MERLOT for open educational resources (OER) to find materials relevant for the objectives of your course.
      • Find three supplementary resources for your course that encourage learner engagement, beyond the textbook.
      • Tip: See if your textbook publisher has provided supplementary materials tailored to your textbook that can provide both remedial and advanced resources to individualize learning.


    Course Design Activity 4:Technology Use

    • Rubric criteria:
      • Tools available within the LMS are used in ways that further student learning
      • Arrangement of tools facilitates efficient learning experiences
      • Innovative uses of tools or technologies enable students to learn in a variety of ways
    • Assignment:
    • Example:


    Course Design Activity 5: Course Design Rubric Review

    1. Read the Course Design section of the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Rubric.
    2. Use the rubric to review the course design of your own course. Take notes and give yourself feedback in the Reviewer Form - Course Design    https://openeducation.blackboard.com/webapps/blackboard/content/listContentEditable.jsp?content_id=_25868_1&course_id=_485_1#contextMenu    
    3. Optionally, ask a colleague or a Reviewer in your ECP MOOC group to review the course design of your course and provide feedback. If you need help turning on guest access for your course, see the On Demand Learning Center video. Note that you can choose which areas of your course to make guest accessible, but interactive tools and student information are never exposed to guests.