Course Design Resources


OTEI Resources:
The following tools can help you design a course:

Bloom's Verbs Use this list (link) of verbs to write student learning outcomes according to the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy.

7 E's Template An Instructional Model Template (7 E’s) for unit or lesson planning.

The One Sentence Lesson Plan

(Video based on OTEI workshop - 12:52) Learn how to focus your lessons with a one-sentence lesson plan. As faculty, we tend to focus too much on teaching and pack in too much content. The one-sentence lesson plan helps you focus on student learning by addressing three simple elements: the what, the how, and the why of your lesson.

External Resources:

A Quick Guide to the "Understanding by Design" Process.

A primer on the backward design approach to course design. (Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching)

Clemson Library: 

Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses  [ebook] – by L. Dee Fink

Fink addresses research on how people learn; active learning; and how student engagement relates to student learning. This book provides conceptual and procedural tools for designing a course using a taxonomy of significant learning (based on Bloom’s Taxonomy) and research-based best practices for learning-centered teaching. 

The Understanding by Design Guide to Advanced Concepts in Creating and Reviewing Units  [ebook] – by Grant P. Wiggins and Jay McTighe (2012)

This book addresses course design using a backwards design approach that is most effective for student learning.

How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts, and Cultures  [ebook] – by Committee on How People Learn II (2018)

This updated version of the 2000 report includes more recent research on how people learn throughout the lifespan and is a great resource for educators of both students and adults.