Whether you’re prepping a new course or refreshing an old one, planning is an essential component to the success of your courses. Here are 10 tips to keep in mind as you develop your course, as well as some great resources.
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10 Tips on Developing Your Course:
Start with the end in mind.
Instead of focusing on your content, start by establishing your learning objectives. Once you know what you want students to know and do, you can establish on how you will assess their level of achievement. Finally, you can select your instructional strategies and learning activities that will help you achieve these goals.
Think about how you use course materials.
Many faculty choose a textbook and go through it chapter by chapter to organize a course. Think about what role textbooks, articles, websites, videos and other materials play in learning, and explain how you want students to use them in your class.
Put your class dates in your calendar with a description of what you are doing and what’s due. Put all of your course materials into an easy to find folder. Upload content to blackboard.
Rediscover your passion.
Each semester is a chance to show students why this content matters and why you fell in love with your discipline. Bring that energy into your class each day.
Don’t be afraid to change it up.
If you are new to a class, you may have inherited someone else’s syllabus and course materials. Don’t be afraid to make changes that fit your teaching style. Make the course your own, and you’ll have better results.
Don’t try to do it alone.
Schedule a consultation with us here, check with your colleagues, or visit these online media outlets for content, resources, activities, assignments, etc.
The UTSA library staff has also conveniently curated the following faculty resources to help.
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