CAFE invites you to sit down with one of our professional instructional designers for a confidential consultation. Our team can assist you in using the best teaching practices and provide research-informed guidance on student learning, classroom dynamics, content delivery, course design and management, and more!
Courses have a shelf life, and they get old and tired if not maintained. Materials need updating, technologies change, and maybe you have grown as a teacher over the years. Redesigning your course is a good way to ensure your goals, methods, and outcomes are aligned. Schedule a confidential consultation with an instructional designer to review your current course and collaborate on how it can be improved.
For funding related to course design and redesign, we recommend applying to be an eFellow. Faculty members are invited to submit proposals to request funding for eLearning, blended or online course development projects, especially projects that are innovative and collaborative and that leverage resources.
The first step to designing or redesigning a course is writing student learning outcomes. What do you want your students to know or do when they are done with your course? What are the absolutely essential concepts they need to understand and apply? What should they remember after 5 years? 10 years?
Variety is the spice of life. A variety of assessments can help you understand what students are learning and doing in your course. How do your assessments measure student progress towards your learning outcomes? To what degree? Do you have a balance of formative and summative assessments?
Rubrics allow you to grade student performance with consistency, transparency, and fairness. Rubrics can be holistic, measuring a group of criteria at once, or analytic, measuring a set of criteria individually against a performance scale. What are the most important criteria for evaluating your students?
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