Learn how other instructors structure their courses.
There are many choices to make in course design that can sometimes feel overwhelming. It can be very helpful to view how other instructors planned and organized their courses. Reviewing several course examples can lead to more efficient and effective decision making. Further, whether a course is face-to-face or online, you can borrow ideas across delivery modes.
Blackboard, the developer of the UB Learns platform, is a great resource for reviewing courses with a similar interface. These courses were evaluated based on the Blackboard Exemplar Rubric. You too can use this tool to evaluate your course.
Step one: Consider watching the exemplar videos for the following areas:
Step two: Watch several of the exemplary course videos found below:
Step Three: Reflect on:
In the Build Your Course section we will present a variety of activities and assessments, as well as how to build in group work, active learning and how to combine the major elements you have worked on so far.
When you have finished gathering ideas from other courses, consider the tools you may use in your course.
Rubric that assesses several standards for whether a course is exemplary.
Rubric that assesses most areas of course design.
Another way to learn from course examples is to read syllabi.