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Other approaches to course design

Many viable approaches to course design exist. In many respects, all of the approaches listed below are variations on a theme that involves articulating objectives, goals, or outcomes, designing assignments, selecting instructional formats, and developing assessments. All of these approaches are valuable. Our course design model is another variation on the theme, one that focuses on having faculty articulate what they want students to be able to do after completing the course. We have found this approach to be both highly successful in a workshop setting and transformative in terms of participants' thinking about course design overall.

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©2005 On-line Course Design Workshop and Tutorial developed by Dr. Barbara J. Tewksbury (Hamilton College) and Dr. R. Heather Macdonald (College of William and Mary) as part of the program On the Cutting Edge, funded by NSF grant DUE-0127310.

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