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Cutting Edge > Course Design > Course Design Tutorial > Table of contents > Part 1 index > Ancillary skills

If you have dropped into this Course Design Tutorial from somewhere else, you might wish to start at the introduction, overview, or table of contents. If you are working through the tutorial, you should have completed Part 1.2 before beginning this section.

Part 1.3 Setting ancillary skills goals


Start by downloading the worksheet (Microsoft Word 52kB May23 05) that goes with this part, and use it for this section.


In this section of the tutorial, we will ask you to think about the kinds of ancillary skills that you would like to have your students improve on during your course. Ancillary skills might include:

Guidelines for setting ancillary skills goals

As you think about ancillary skills goals, you might want to browse the following Cutting Edge, Starting Point, and SERC sites for ideas about how to address skills in your courses. Here are some highlight links:



Task 1.3: Set one or two ancillary skills goals for your course.

Be sure that you are willing to provide timely feedback and repeated practice in the course. Use the worksheet to record your ancillary skills goals.


Once you have written the ancillary skills goals, Go to Part 1.4 Choosing content to achieve overarching goals.


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©2005 On-line Course Design 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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