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I am in the process of developing two new state-of-the-art graduate courses. In the past five years I have been heavily involved in these fields and will use my own research and research from other relevant groups. I am also looking at new course developments in other universities.

Are there any other resources that you use when developing a new courses from scratch? Can anyone give me additional pointers?

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I'd go back and consult one of those "How to teach" books you've probably got lying around and focus on doing a good job of stating the course's Learning Objectives. Then, I'd make sure that the course material, the learning activities and assessment tasks are properly aligned with those objectives.

I would then make sure the students get to see those objectives and to understand how what they will be doing fits with those objectives.

I would design some sample assessment activities, such as sample exam questions (if that is one of your planned means of assessment). Then I would make sure that the content of your course is sufficient to enable students to do such assignments or answer such questions.

Mckeachie's Teaching Tips is an excellent resource for helping you do this. And it never hurts to refresh your didactic skills.

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I can't say how much I appreciate this. There are far too many courses that are built around content lists instead of teaching objectives (which I assume to be at least partially skill-based). – Raphael Sep 3 '15 at 9:02
@Raphael: There are many resources on improving your teaching and preparing better courses. What's missing is time to read, absorb, and apply the knowledge. – Dave Clarke Sep 3 '15 at 9:28

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