Concepts in Course Design (CCD) is a self-paced course for instructors who want to design a new course, redesign, or update an existing course. By the end of CCD, new to experienced instructors in all disciplines have the opportunity for education, collaboration, and feedback to develop the best course possible. The course includes practical evidence-based resources, examples, and activities in: determining Course Objectives, writing student learning outcomes, deciding on forms of assessment, selecting course content, and choosing instructional strategies for your course.

Course Outline

Module 0: Introduction

Objective 1: Identify the purpose(s) of the course design resource

Objective 2: Outline the course design resource components

Objective 3: Identify additional teaching and learning supports available at CTL

Module 1: Alignment

Objective 1:  Explain the role of organizing frameworks in the course design process

Objective 2:  Create an organizing framework for a course based on an integrated topic hierarchy/knowledge, skill, and attitude approach (course design plan template)

Objective 3: Create an outline for your course including the university required elements

Module 2: Writing Course Objectives

Objective 1: Explain the role of organizing frameworks in the course design process

Objective 2: describe the characteristics of well written course objectives

Objective 3: write course objectives that identify major course themes and KSAs

Module 3: Writing Student Learning Outcomes

Objective 1: explain the relationship between course objectives, learning outcomes, and alignment

Objective 2: describe the characteristics of well written learning outcomes

Objective 3: write observable/measurable/specific learning outcomes for each module

Module 4: Deciding on Assessment Methods

Objective 1: identify the UofA guiding principles of assessment and their relationship to assessment planning

Objective 2: Describe methods of assessment instruments and their purpose(s)

Objective 3: Explain the relationship between assessment, student learning outcomes and instructional activity

Objective 4: Differentiate between formative and summative assessment

Objective 5: Outline  the assessment plan for their course

Module 5: Selecting Readings and other Course Content

Objective 1: Determine the priorities in your course content
Objective 2: Select content resources that support students’ learning of the course content
Objective 3: Share course content in adherence to copyright
Objective 4: Recognize students’ common concerns about course content

Module 6: Instructional Strategies

Objective 1: explain the relationship between learning outcomes and instructional strategies

Objective 2: evaluate instructional strategies for use in your course

Objective 3: identify at least three types of instructional strategies to use in your course