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Plan your course framework

plan your course framework

When planning your course framework:

● Identify the learning outcomes of your course

● Create a clear learning path in your course syllabus

● Replicate the learning path in your syllabus to D2L Brightspace

Course design with the backward design model

With the transition to remote teaching, we recommend using the backward design model (Wiggins & McTighe, 2005) to ensure intentionality in your course design (see diagram below).

After identifying your learning outcomes, consider how you will assess the learning outcomes for your course through the use of remote-appropriate assessments.

Lastly, identify what activities you will facilitate to support student learning; these activities can be through student-to-contentstudent-to-student, and student-to-instructor interaction (part of steps 3 to 5 in this process).

Course design with the backward design model

Planning your course syllabus 

In your syllabus, opens in new window, create a clear learning path for the course. Provide a clear, current structure in your syllabus by week with:

  • This Week’s Tasks
  • Assigned Readings
  • Course Materials
  • Activities
  • Assessments and due dates

Let students know that all content, resources, activities and communications will be outlined in the course hub. 

For each week, outline how and when you will deliver content

Indicate the approximate time, external link, opens in new window it will take to complete the course materials for the week, to support time management. Include reading time, audio or video run time, and estimated time to complete any activities or assessments.

Planning your course ‘hub’

Once you’ve designed your syllabus, it’s time to set up your D2L Brightspace course shell to become a course ‘hub’. Communicating a clear path through the course for students is extremely important in an online environment. Replicate the learning path from the course syllabus in D2L Brightspace, identifying the order in which learning materials, activities, and assessments should be accessed. 

Teaching a large class?

Take a look at our google docguide to Course Navigation and Management, external link for some tips