Monday, July 11, 2016

A Course Refresher

Consider the following scenario.

You’re scheduled to teach a course you have taught before that desperately needs revision.  The content and pedagogy go back for a decade or more and are both sadly obsolete, or the grades have been abysmal and the students are threatening to revolt, or someone (the department head, a faculty committee, or you) has decided to offer the course online, or maybe you’re just bored and dread the thought of teaching it again.

Rebecca Brent writes that this scene is more commonplace than it seems, and that the idea of refreshing a course can seem like a looming force to be reckoned with.  However, after considering the steps required in a course refresher, Brent poses the idea that maybe it doesn’t have to be as complicated as it seems.  She proposes the following six steps in order to refresh your course more effectively and maybe even with time to spare.  These steps include:
  1. Identify your reasons for change.
  2. Gather ideas and resources.
  3. Plan the changes.
  4. Plan the evaluation.
  5. Carry out the plans.
  6. Regularly reflect on your course.
For more information on each of these steps and how to best execute them, access the full article here.

Adapted from: Faculty Focus
Written By: Jessica Moser 

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