Clear Course Design

Provide clear expectations and explicit course learning goals to foster student success.

Design courses with learning goals and measurable outcomes that align with departmental and programmatic expectations and course level. These goals and objectives will guide your selection of course content and assignments and assessments. Well-designed and aligned courses ensure that courses are transparent, enabling all students to understand a course’s value and the route to course success.

This page provides guidance and templates for what instructors need to do to prepare to teach each semester. Clear is a deceptive word. It appears simple to be clear, for when a course, assignment, or sentence is clear, it’s effortless for readers to follow. However being clear is difficult as it requires writers – instructors – to anticipate questions that may never be asked.

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For more information or help on any of these topics, please email the Office for Faculty Excellence or make an appointment with a consultant.

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