It likely won’t be a 1-to-1 transition when making the leap from in-person to remote teaching. In this section, we encourage you to think about redesigning your remote course to better suit the online environment and will inevitably improve the quality and outcome of your teaching.
Below, we have broken down course design into these 5 steps:
What is the Goal?
What do I want my students to know as a result of my course? What behavioral changes do I want to observe in my students?) When you begin with the end in mind, you can be flexible with the way the course is being delivered.
What Pedagogy Is Most Effective?
Utilize best practices of teaching (known as pedagogies) in your classrooms. Students succeed in classes optimized to best present the curriculum.
What method of teaching would work best on my students? Is my class scaffolded (learning is gradual with a lot of reviews)? Does the class facilitate student participation and engagement (‘action learning’)? Is the learning situated within students background knowledge (‘contextualized’)? Is the class project-based/ problem-based?
What is the Final Assessment?
Next, how can you assess students understanding of their material most effectively? Often referred to as ‘capstones,’ it is a good idea to think about the final large assessment as the pan-ultimate goal you want your students to achieve, and structure your class time around the capstone.
Having frequent low-stakes assessments distributed over the course of the semester is also an effective way for students to engage in learning.
What Content Should I Use?
Curate your content with readings, worksheets, problem sets, field trips, guest speakers, and the like. A helpful way to think about organizing your content is outlining your class content into themes or modules.
Think about building modules that build up to your final learning goal for your students.
What Feedback Can I Provide?
What kind of feedback would be most helpful to students as they progress towards mastery of your course material? Formative and summative feedbacks allows students to reflect upon their learning, making room and space to grow and improve.
How often can you provide feedback?
How can you grade student work fairly? (Particularly important when grading projects that involved creativity and design.)