A BLUEPRINT FOR COURSE DESIGN: Instructional Design Mastery Series through OLC Madara Mason, Faculty Development Coordinator, University of Alaska Fairbanks

The following is a summary of a revised drafting, evaluation, and improvement process used to look at a 2D Digital Design course to be delivered via an open format through the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The documents in this presentation can be accessed by clicking below.

The Course Learning Outcomes Matrix

The Course Learning Outcomes Matrix should come as the result of identifying key components of your course: the outcomes or desired results of various modules, activities that lead students to meeting those outcomes, and assessments that help the instructor to understand the students' level of understanding as well as offering the students insight into where they are succeeding and where they might improve.

The Learning Outcomes Matrix can be a crucial method of inquiry when designing a course since you are able to easily map activities to multiple desired outcomes rather than a simple one-to-one mapping of activities to outcomes. It's also easy to see where gaps may exist for certain outcomes. Outcomes that are critical should probably be addressed across numerous activities. If not, a course designer should reconsider whether the activities are rich and complex enough to address multiple outcomes and vice versa.

By drafting and revising this matrix, I was able to uncover areas of weakness in my activities and the verbiage used in my outcomes.

A pdf version of this document can be found by clicking the button below.
Drafting a Blueprint for Instruction

The Instructional Strategy Plan

The Instructional Strategy Plan helps to clarify other aspects of the course to bring balance to the mode of instructional delivery (case studies, demonstrations, etc), the learning styles addressed, the time involved for both the instructor and for the students, and finally the resources that might be needed for instructor and students.

Drafting and revising this Strategy Plan helped me to see that I would be spending more time than I thought on various aspects of the development and the assessments. For time management, it's critical that faculty understand the time commitment needed for developing a strong course.

See the original strategy document by clicking below.
before you get behind the wheel...

Analysis and Improvement

Once a course has finally entered the build stage, it helps to take a step back and perform some self-assessment to not only clarify areas of improvement, but to consider what kind of time frame is needed for those improvements. Some are short term corrections and others can only happen over the long term.

Drafting the Analysis and Improvement document and revising it allowed me to see that although I was highly focused on what was wrong with the course, overall it may be in better shape than I imagined.

See the original file by clicking below.

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