Planning your courses (face-to-face, hybrid, online) is not an easy and quick task, but following a backward course design framework will help you take the right steps to achieve your goals.
In the pages below, we offer guidance and evidence-based practices for each step in the backward design process.
Start here for pedagogical resources related to overall course design, setting learning goals, and crafting an effective syllabus. Here you'll also find a course design template to structure your 16- and 8-week courses in Brightspace.
After establishing the foundation of your course design, look here for pedagogical resources about choosing the right type of assessment, using rubrics, and designing assessments with academic integrity in mind.
Once you have devised assessments to measure student understanding, you can begin creating content that prepares students to succeed on their assessments. In this page you'll find tips for creating learning materials and instructional videos and using Open Educational Resources (OER).
As you develop content for your course, consider whether the materials are equally accessible to all students. This page offers resources to help you design with accessibility in mind.
Interaction is at the center of the teaching-learning process. Throughout your course planning, select teaching strategies that encourage students' interactions with you, with each other, and with the content. Review this page for ideas to support meaningful interactions that promote student engagement and success.
Need some inspiration or ideas for teaching? Explore this page for Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs), strategies to Support for First-Year Students, along with a variety of short videos in which faculty describe their strategies for promoting student success.
The Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching offers many books and other resources for faculty on a variety of topics pertaining to teaching.
During emergency situations and prolonged campus or building closures, faculty might need to switch to Remote Teaching. To find out more click the Emergency Remote Teaching link above.
Please check the Brightspace page for guides on how to design your course in Brightspace.