Course and Program Design

Learn to conduct active learning exercises effectively during class.

Our Framework

Program design principles

We consider the course length and level, whether scaffolding is used, the different types of learning objectives, the role of experiential learning, types of assessments, and content delivery.

Types of hybrid classes

Next, we analyze ways to combine in-person and online instruction by comparing the four teaching modalities: Asynchronous vs Synchronous modes and In-Person vs Virtual settings.

Applying hybrid design

In this session, we take the 11 ways to combine the teaching modalities (6 pairs, 4 sets of three, and all 4) and evaluate the specific course's goals, constraints, and resources for producers and learners.

The science of learning

Finally, we specifically consider how to use active learning effectively and assess learning outcomes. Participants demonstrate their knowledge by designing a course and specifying how it will be taught.

What We'll Cover

Stephen Kosslyn distilled five principles from the vast literature on the science of learning. Each of these principles is based on large literatures and captures highly replicable phenomena that have large effects. Participants will not only learn the principles and how to apply them when teaching, but they also learn how to combine the principles in useful ways to design their own courses.

What You'll Learn

  • A framework for course design involving goals, constraints and resources

  • How to set goals for courses based on the needs of learners

  • Strengths and challenges of the four hybrid modalities

  • How to redesign existing courses into a new modality

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