As you prepare to teach a course, effective course design can not only assist in making your teaching experience easier, but can also facilitate student learning. Good design can maximize learning while reducing student confusion by clarifying expectations.
The foundation of course design is student learning outcomes. Course-level outcomes drive module objectives for particular units within a course. Assessment, activities, and assignments are directly linked to outcomes to assure consistency and student learning. By beginning at the end, the course outcomes provide a common thread throughout the course as well as context for the content that will be covered. Content can be carefully curated by using the student learning outcomes as a guide.
Reflection throughout the course design process is key to inform future iterations of the course. While many of us would like to plan a course and be done with it, course improvement based on instructor self-reflection and student feedback can aid in creating a better course and teaching experience the next time the course is taught.