If all goes according to plan, I will be teaching a new course in the next academic year. Although I do have some experience teaching an existing course which was previously developed by my colleagues, this will be my first time preparing and teaching a new course from scratch.
I have done some thinking about my new course. When we propose a new course, the university where I work requires us to submit a document which specifies the name of the course, a brief course description, the course's learning objectives, the structure of the course assessment, topics or key words, and recommended/suggested readings.
Right now I'm feeling a bit stuck. How should I go about creating a new course from scratch? I need to create a lot of material, including:
- lecture slides and/or lecture notes
- assignments and projects
- quizzes and exams
Clearly, it would be a bad idea to wait until the start of the semester when I am teaching to create all of this material. How much should of this material can and should I prepare beforehand?