Course Design

How can instructors use educational technologies to maximize time, convenience, engagement, deep learning and long term retention for students from many backgrounds and learning styles?  

Some strategies include:

  • Special academic software for group communication about academic domain problems, managing research, and engaging communities of practice
  • Personal screencasting to illuminate course assignments and problems, to provide targeted help with specific concepts at the teachable moment
  • Recording course lectures and/or tutorials so students can review and refer to their instructor's words at any time 'flipped classroom' style
  • Making courses accessible through Universal Design, so all students benefit from best practices in clear communication
  • Scaffolding assignments into measured, clear steps of increasing complexity, to help students succeed at a new forms of academic expression, such as a critical review, annotated bibliography, or research essay
  • Integrating and promoting accurate copyright policies and respecting intellectual property
  • Implementing active learning strategies to engage students in deep and significant review of content
  • Designing in mobile learning, so students can take advantage of their environment to review and apply what they learn.