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Things that you can do when you design or update your course


  • ensure that learning objectives are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely)
  • involve experts in course and curriculum design
  • consider a variety of teaching and learning techniques that include active and passive learning
  • ensure that course content, assessment, and learning objectives are consistent and all activities and assessment relate to a learning objective(s)
  • consider using a variety of assessment approaches and techniques (e.g., portfolio-based assessment)
  • design a web-based course site with online resources
  • ensure that the number of student hours of work is consistent with guidelines
  • review your course in detail when it has grown in numbers and/or moved from a small room to large lecture hall
  • consider gender, culture, disabilities, learning preferences, language, experiences, prior learning
  • consult someone with instructional design experience/expertise
  • consider ways to increase active learning strategies and student responsibility for learning


  • consider if a "help room" may benefit your students in addition to regular office hours
  • divide each class into segments which use different teaching approaches


  • develop a process by which you can generate material and easily convert it to multiple forms
  • have captioned any video you use in your course


  • think about the kind of learning environment that would be optimal for your course
  • consider how blending online and face-to-face learning can allow you to enhance the range of learning materials and activities used in the course
  • design a course website that is accessible and minimizes the amount of clicking, hunting, or scrolling for information
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Updated on October 25th, 2013.