Ten elements of course design:

In designing a course, there are several elements to consider. We have identified these ten elements listed below, as crucial to the development and delivery of courses. These ten elements do not operate in isolation and are to be viewed as interconnected elements that are applicable to online, blended, and face-to-face contexts.

What makes this section unique is that we have provided concrete digital pedagogy examples from the SHU classroom for each and every element. This helps to model effective teaching practices and also showcase the innovative work from our SHU faculty.

Syllabus Design and Presentation

What are innovative approaches to design and deliver the syllabus, including the application of suitable multimedia tools?
A syllabus outlines the course structure, learning objectives, assignments and assessments used to measure student learning.

Integrating Open Educational Resources in Content Creation

What is meant by Open Educational Resources and how can this be integrated in your curricular design, course development, and teaching practices?

Effective Feedback Strategies

How to enhance feedback mechanisms using emerging technologies? How to improve efficiency with time management by applying research-based best practices?

Interactive Teaching Strategies Across Multimodal Platforms

How to design interactive tasks for face-to-face, blended, and online contexts? Have you tried bringing in external digital tools within the Blackboard environment?

Strengthening Instructor Presence Using Emerging Pedagogical Practices

The Community of Inquiry (COI) model discusses ways to enhance the cognitive, social and instructor presence. How can we apply these COI principle to our course design work?

Creative Teaching Strategies to Promote Self-directed Learning

What are the challenges in promoting self-directed learning and how can this be addressed by reviewing current research and best practices?

Harnessing the Power of Peer Learning to Foster Engaging Discussions

The role of peer learning in achieving learning outcomes is often underestimated. How to harness peer learning for collaboration using emerging technologies?

Applying the Universal Design for Learning Principles for Better Accessibility and Engagement

What is meant by Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and how to apply this to make course materials more accessible and easy for interaction?
The development of a full course or course materials using UDL principles will allow instructors to create materials to maximize learning for all students.

A Variety of Assessment Approaches for Good Teaching

How to provide students with multiple opportunities to demonstrate learning and how to create a variety of assessment techniques for validity and reliability?

Effective Integration of Blackboard Features and New Technologies

How to create a robust learning environment by integrating the Blackboard LMS features to customize your course? How to enhance the student learning experience by integrating a variety of external digital tools into the Blackboard environment?

For each of the elements of course design listed above, we have provided a wealth of scholarly and/or Open Educational Resources. Click on the button below to access the page on resources.