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Five Questions to Accelerate Innovative Course Re-Design

David Lindrum (Soomo Publishing, USA)
Session Information
July 8, 2014 - 4:30pm
Blended Models and Course Design
Areas of Special Interest: 
Blended Course
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Best Practices
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Governor's Square 10
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Information Session 3

Five questions which allow course designers to quickly agree on the work to be done and identify best-practice design patterns.

Extended Abstract

Good learning objectives, a well-aligned course and a candid assessment of the course to be revised are all essential to good course redesign. But even with a solid grounding in these essentials, instructional designers and domain experts can flounder with an ill-defined sense of what the "course" is and what it is that is being designed.

Courses are not all the same. But they're not all completely unique either. There are patterns through college course work which can be represented in:
the kind of material presented (objective v. subjective, primary v. secondary, etc);
the proportion of time invested in learning facts v. learning skills;
the ways in which students apply, explore and master what they are learning;
how students are assessed;
and the most common challenges for learners.

Describing a course in these terms quickly reveals the design needs, guides selection of core learning patterns, enables a preliminary time budget, and suggests the lines of inquiry and experimentation most likely to bear fruit.

In this session we will introduce the questions and apply them to actual courses simply, then in more nuanced ways. We will look at how the answers to these questions suggest particular patterns of learning interactions and how most learning interactions can be implemented in a variety of ways from very "safe" to "I didn't know you could do that!" Throughout the session attendee-participants will be bringing their experience, edge cases, problems, and successes into the spotlight for collective brainstorming and reflection.

Lead Presenter

For 20 years, David has lived and worked at the intersection of transformational learning and web technology. Working with major publishers including Pearson, Thomson, and McGraw, he launched both MetaText and Shadowbox before founding Soomo. David's heart is in creating transformative instructional design, and he excels in utilizing web technology to meet specific instructional challenges.