7 steps to design a course and how FeedbackFruits can assist this process
Creating a successful course, whether face-to-face, online, or hybrid requires a lot more thought than merely producing study materials and assigning work to students. Think of the course design process as building a house. Though different house types (course design formats) require different procedure, they all come down to these 5 basic steps:
Step 1: Set the first stone
Before you start building a house, you need to determine some general information, like: what types of house you want to build? How many floors will my house have?, etc. Similarly, upon beginning to design a course, instructors need to think about the course type, host platform, teaching tools, and course objectives. These elements will act as the northstar for your entire course development process.
Step 2: The tools - Decide your core teaching methods and assessment
With education shifting from a teacher-centered to learner-centered approach, there is no excuse not to adopt the available engaging and innovative learning methodologies. Instead of leaning on the traditional lecture approach, instructors can follow plenty of other methods such as Problem-based learning, Social learning, or Team-Based Learning.
FeedbackFruits Tool Suite provides instructors with plenty of options to exercise the desired teaching method.
Optimize the preparation stage of TBL
Team Based Learning
tool optimizes the iRAT and tRAT step of the TBL process, enabling students to assess their knowledge individually and within group.
Support collaborative learning activities
tool fosters students' collaboration, interaction, and critical thinking through online debate, discussion and self-reflection.
Foster the flipped classroom model
Activating Study Material tools enhance deep understanding and meaningful interaction with the course content, ensuring students come to class prepared.
Assessment is one of the key elements in course design. Therefore, it is important to decide on which assessment types (formative or summative), as well as specify evaluation criteria to allow for demonstration of knowledge mastery.
FeedbackFruits tools allow for execution of both formative and summative assessment activities, such as quiz, peer feedback, or group projects.
Support formative peer and group assessment
Facilitate continuous peer feedback on assignment and skills
Make online knowledge tests more engaging and interactive
Step 4: The blueprint - Create a Course Curriculum
Once the course’s goals and assessment have been set, it is time to develop a course “blueprint” which details the learning sequence for your students, along with the resources or activities needed for the course.
Step 5: The interior - Plan Activities and Course Content
Now that you have the course blueprint, identify the learning activities that allow students to digest the information and match the chosen teaching methods.
Developing study content is the most time-consuming aspect of course design. Especially in the online/hybrid settings, instructors need to dedicate certain time deciding on the appropriate study materials (assignments, readings, and syllabus), and the order in which they will go.
Step 6: Final touches - Ensure for Accessibility and Interaction
At this point, you should have an entire "draft" of your course. Now it needs some final touch, which is to include the elements of accessibility and interaction.
Make sure the course is accessible and inclusive to everyone, as your students will be attending the course from different parts of the world, from different platforms (in-campus or online) and time schedules.
At the same time, leave room for online interactions as well since remote teaching makes up for a large part of the course.
How FeedbackFruits tools ensure accessibility and interaction:
- Activating Study Materials and Discussion Assignment tools help foster asynchronous interaction and engagement
- Peer Review and Group Member Evaluation ensure equal group contribution and participation