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6 Elements to Design & Deliver Your Own Course

6 Elements to Design & Deliver Your Own Course

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Designing and delivering a course of your own is a special milestone for many educators. It is often indicative of professional autonomy in one's institution and the classroom. It's also a very fun and exciting process, especially when it relates to a subject you feel passionate about and enjoy.

If you're thinking or have an option of designing your own course, here are several course design and delivery elements that should be considered:

  1. Learning Outcomes:
    • ​​Are the learning outcomes related to the course?
    • Are they relevant?
    • Can students meet these outcomes throughout the duration of the course? 
    • Do the learning outcomes cover the entire learning process? (Bloom's Taxonomy) 
  2. Design:​
    • ​​What are some factors that will influence your decision in what to teach?
    • What are the best possible ways to teach the material?
    • Consider the following: 
      • Primary material
      • Tools
      • Timelines
      • Deadlines
      • Topics
      • Deliverables
    • Holistically, the design of the course should fit nicely with all the learning outcomes.
  3. Planning and Analysis:
    • Consider timing and logistics
    • Are there any situational logistics that you might encounter throughout the semester?
    • Are there any resources/individuals that you can leverage to help you with these logistics?
  4. Delivery:​​​​​
    • ​​Identify teaching methods/strategies
    • Do these methods help you best in delivering your learning outcomes and overall course design?
    • Are these methods inclusive? 
    • Do these methods tailor to the students' needs as learners?
    • Will others be involved in the process?
    • Can you foresee any issues arising from these decisions?
  5. Assessment:
    • How do we know students learned?
    • How can students best apply knowledge gained from the learning outcomes?
    • Consider the following:
      • Timelines
      • Deadlines
      • Relevancy
    • Is the assessment realistic?
    • Is the assessment manageable?
  6. Evaluation:
    • ​How do we know the course is successful?
    • What were the right decisions? 
    • What are some decisions to reconsider next time?
    • Consider the following evaluations:
      • Administrators
      • Peers
      • Students
      • Self

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Dan Callahan's picture
Dan Callahan
Professional Learning Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

What a great list, Rusul! Thanks for sharing.

Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

I really appreciate this list and will be sharing it with the students in my Instructional Design class this fall! Thanks for putting the time into putting it together.

Rusul Alrubail's picture
Rusul Alrubail
Edutopia Community Facilitator/ Student Voice & Literacy at The Writing Project

Thank you for your feedback Laura. I am so glad you found it helpful!

Gaetan Pappalardo's picture
Gaetan Pappalardo
Teacher, Author, Guitar––Word.

Thanks Rusul. I've been looking into teaching some college courses and this list really specified not only how to design a course, but to teach one as well. Thanks.

Rusul Alrubail's picture
Rusul Alrubail
Edutopia Community Facilitator/ Student Voice & Literacy at The Writing Project

Thanks Gaetan, I am glad it's helpful! The following semester after I developed my first course, I got to teach it. Let me tell, it was a very rewarding, an ever evolving experience. Let me know if I can be of help to you in any way :)

Dr. David Peat's picture
Dr. David Peat
Associate Professor of Education, Ambrose University

Thanks, Gaetan --- A concise, useful summary. I've tweeted it to my students.

Rusul Alrubail's picture
Rusul Alrubail
Edutopia Community Facilitator/ Student Voice & Literacy at The Writing Project

No problem David. I am glad it helped you out.

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