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Design an Effective Course

We've identified several areas one might consider when setting out to design an effective course.
Instructional design methods, like ADDIE, Backward Design, and Universal Design for Learning can help provide a framework for the development of efficient, effective instructional experiences. We provide an overview of several well-known methods. 

Syllabus design and creation refers to the construction of a document that serves as somewhat of both a contract and a blueprint, communicating course information, expectations, and related policies to learners. Though syllabus creation often starts by referencing the master course syllabus, we provide information on items to consider if you’re developing a master course syllabus for a new course. 

Authoring learning objectives or outcomes is a pinnacle element of course and syllabus design, with these items describing the final goals and proficiencies learners can expect from an experience in measurable, observable, assessable language. We provide tips for authoring effective objectives and outcomes. 

Curriculum mapping may not be an explicit component in designing an effective course or class. Nonetheless, we believe it is essential to ensure that a course or class serves a program well in terms of content coverage and sequencing. We provide aspects to consider along with sample mapping templates. 

Assessment and evaluation are essential when determining if an instructional experience has successfully met its goals in an effective, engaging manner. We explain the difference between assessment and evaluation, providing some trusted methods and tools. 

Lesson planning is a component of educational planning that ties the course design to what actually happens in session. We provide notes on common attributes of lesson plans along with tips on sequencing. 

Inclusivity and Accessibility are important and necessary elements to course design. Creating content and developing a culture that is both inclusive and accessible to all students is a critical component to learner engagement and persistence. These resources will help you align best practices in ensuring an inclusive and accessible environment for all learners regardless of modality: