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Cutting Edge Course Design Tutorial


Cutting Edge Course Design Tutorial

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An online version of a face-to-face Course Design Tutorial, that guides faculty independently through the same practical and intellectually interesting processes related to setting course goals, designing the course and following through. For faculty developers who would like to do a workshop using this resource, there are additional links
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Material Type: Tutorial
Technical Format: Other
Date Added to MERLOT: July 27, 2008
Date Modified in MERLOT: November 15, 2016
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Submitter: Maha Bali
Keywords: Faculty Development, Faculty Professional Development, Course Design


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Primary Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division, Graduate School, Professional
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
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browser to view, MS Word to download worksheets, javascript to run some things

Language: English
Cost Involved: no
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Avatar for Linda Kennemore
3 years ago

Linda Kennemore (Student)

I wish I could have accesed more of the course, but was stopped short of it. After reading the peer review, I am certain it was everything I hoped it would be.

Technical Remarks:

Unable to access certain parts of the course.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 min

Avatar for Debra Chittur
3 years ago

Debra Chittur (Consultant)

This tutorial is a great blueprint for designing online courses.  Some of the questions readers are invited to consider are unusual in this kind of resources--such as those that ask the course developer to consider the context of other courses offered in the department.  The workshop suggestions are thorough.  The tutorial would have been even more powerful, though, if the authors had used some of the "cutting edge" knowledge of exemplary course design in developing it.

Time spent reviewing site: 25 minutes

Avatar for Bonnie Riedinger
4 years ago

Bonnie Riedinger (Administrator)

Excellent portions, but dated information on learning styles. Worksheets are helpful, but could be consolidated. Impressive resources and links. Examples from various disciplines are very helpful as is emphasis on student perspective. 

Technical Remarks:

The navigation could be more consistent. User not always provided with clear path back to tutorial after using links.

Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes

Avatar for Michael Lucatorto
4 years ago

Michael Lucatorto (Staff)

Very helful tutorial for instructors who are just starting out with online teaching. Gives them some broad and important ideas to think about.

Avatar for Valerie Schmitz
7 years ago

Valerie Schmitz (Faculty)

Great "starting point" for anyone who is designing an online course. The modules are clearly written and provide specific examples.
Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes
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Avatar for Sheri Beattie
7 years ago

Sheri Beattie (Online Course Developer)

This is a very thorough, well-designed, and thoughtful approach to putting together a course. It could be used by a novice instructor or as a refresher for someone who has been designing courses for some time and wants to be sure that he/she is on track creating solid student learning goals. The authors provide some solid take-aways in the form of worksheets that educators can reuse in designing future courses and many links and ideas that will improve the design of different types of courses. This should take anyone reading carefully and completing the worksheets between 1-2 hours to complete. It can be used in faculty development settings or just as a self-study.

Avatar for Jon Knolle
7 years ago

Jon Knolle (Administrator)

This is an exceptional resource designed to guide course development. It would serve well as the foundation for design of traditional as well as web-based courses. As the authors mention, it is not the only approach nor is it specific to geoscience. The resource is comprehensive and VERY well organized in a step-by-step manner that includes handy worksheets to help you organize material and apply the concepts to your own course.

Avatar for Betsy Eudey
7 years ago

Betsy Eudey (Faculty)

This is an extraordinarily comprehensive course development tutorial/process. I appreciate the focus on student learning outcomes/goals, and the desire to design the course in a manner in which achievement of the outcomes can be facilitated and assessed. I especially appreciated the wide range of assessment tools. The only potential drawback is that the tutorial is appropriately comprehensive - faculty looking for a quick fix or 10-minute-course-development workshop have come to the wrong site. The creation or revision of a course should involve deep consideration of goals and methods, and this tutorial can readily help you to do this. There is an expectation that days are spend on this process, and I can't wait to block out time so I can work through the lessons and take full advantage of the process. I also appreciate the information for those running faculty development sessions - I expect to use this in the future.

Technical Remarks:

no difficulties- this was very easy to navigate
Time spent reviewing site: about an hour - there was much to consider and many links to explore.