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Questions tagged [course-design]

Questions relating to the design of courses, such as ordering of material, frequency of assessment, duration of class sessions, homework requirements, etc.

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How to handle a course feeling impossible?

This semester I have multi variable analysis and transformations, signals and systems. The latter one is a beast. Up until now I have done great in all my courses, this is my third of five years in ...
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Is it rude to ask the lecturer whether there is any “effective prerequisite”?

Situation: My university has an online course registration system. Students (including me) choose courses in the system and submit their requests at certain time. Sometimes, the course information is ...
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Recitation Grades

I'm a Graduate Teaching Assistant in a Mathematics at a large state university. In the fall semester, I will be expected to be a TA for Calculus I, which will be taken by first year students. The ...
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How to implement flipped classroom for 18 y.o. kids?

I teach an introductory programming course at university where 99% of my students are 18-20 years old. They are used to the old and boring education system they know from high school, so they are not ...
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Is an undergraduate physics degree the same everywhere in terms of coursework?

Is a degree in physics the same everywhere in terms of what is being taught or are there differences from one institution to the other ?
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How does the college course 101 numbering system work?

I'm not an American, but I know that the number 101, often used postpositively, is used to mean fundamentals/rudiments of a particular scholarly subject. I know (partially as a hunch but I also looked ...
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How common is flipped classroom type teaching?

Flipped classroom teaching has become gradually more popular and studies show that the effectiveness of learning is better than in traditional lecture type courses. I've tried to give feedback to my ...
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What does one call a group of similar courses where only one can be taken for credit?

Is there a word to describe the case when a student can only receive credit for one of a group of courses because they are versions of a single course? For example, "Accelerated Elementary Statistics"...
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Should I include non-English textbooks in the course?

This is set up in a Russian university with English as a working language, but may apply to any university with a large share of international students. Suppose I'm listing a set of course materials, ...
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How can I balance the reading requirements for a large survey course?

I'm currently developing the lesson plan for a large (~100 students) survey course in history for the fall semester. Since this is my first time as instructor of record for the course I'm having some ...
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How should I structure exams when individual problems could use up the entire class time?

I am currently preparing for a new class in an area in which the individual problems can be very long. (My writeups for individual homework problems were often three or four pages long when I took the ...
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How to schedule homework?

Many times topics in courses are week-aligned, i.e., topic1 is studied on week1 (say in lecture1 on Monday/Wednesday and then in TA-section-1 on Friday), then topic 2 is studied on week2, etc. Say ...
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Strategies to manage long-term course development

I'm in an interesting position in that I get to work with multiple instructors on multiple courses. I'm usually tasked with coming up with draft assignments, rubrics, and other learning material. So ...
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Professor Isn't Teaching the Course we Signed up for

Okay, so it is kind of a weird situation and we don't know what to do. The situation is this: I am currently doing a math major and some of courses have two different (but equivalent) options -- ...
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Lectures are way ahead of the planned schedule for the course. What should be done?

In my university, we submit a lecture plan at the academic semester starts. The lecture plan is a kind of semi-official documentation on the schedule of lectures or topics (Ref: Planning a course: ...
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When developing a course, how to determine number of credits?

I am a graduate student helping with the development of a course and will be teaching at least part of it. However, I found out recently that the program wants to offer it as a 1-2 credit course. It'...
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Course gamification: rewards that aren't bonus marks?

I am experimenting with a game mechanism in my course in which students can progress through 4 core competencies, A, B, C, and D. Each competency has 3 levels, 1, 2, and 3. The game component is ...
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How much effort should weekly homework be worth?

Background: Just completed my PhD, have to teach one part of a graduate course in EE. Remaining course is taught by another senior prof. Course has two classes, totalling 3 hours per week, and one ...
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Can I learn the course material for the first time while I'm teaching it?

If I'm going to give students the course X in next semester. Should I have full understanding of the subject before I teach them or can I learn about the topics before I go to the class and then teach ...
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Should academic courses include commercial software training courses? [closed]

At my college there is a tendency to devote time for teaching software training courses. It seems that the college bought vouchers for xyz professional exams to encourage students to take the ...
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Examination review courses and the (wrong) motivation of participants [closed]

Short summary of the situation Our faculty offers special courses after the end term exams and before the resit for students who failed the first attempt and/or did not participate in the final exam. ...
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Does a significant participation weight on the final grade increase classroom discussion?

Currently at the institution that I study, we have class participation which is enforced (more or less) by making it a significant percentage of the final grade. For instance, one of my classes has ...
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What is a good process for developing a new course from scratch?

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,...
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How do I teach a course that has an extremely clear textbook?

I have decided to use Head First Android Development for my mobile application development course this spring. Like other Head First books, it is easy to read and understand. In my 15+ years of ...
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Why does a university course become defunct?

What are some reasons that lead to a university course being no longer offered? I am thinking in particular about the course "Computational sustainability" or CPSC 530M offered in University of ...
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How to score class participation, correcting for natural outspokenness?

When my students ask questions and participate in discussion, class is more thoughtful, more fun, and more effective. I encourage their participation by checking in with them regularly, and making ...
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How to test students in computer science lecture?

Preliminaries I am giving my first lecture at university. The topic is about Big Data and takes 40 hours (1 hour = 60 minutes). I am wondering how to test the students. I am at this university for ...
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Expecting students to use a code base that is known to be buggy? [closed]

Suppose an instructor is teaching a course on a particular field in computer science. He uses a language that is popular for said field, but itself is not the topic of the course (though its use is ...
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How do universities (particularly medium sized ones) plan their master course schedule?

I'm a student at a university of around 20,000 students (using the semester system, just to be clear) and it's currently summer/fall registration planning time, a time for me which is more stressful ...
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Collection of examples of course designs with the flaws pointed out and explained?

We have a course on didactics in the curriculum, accomplishing which we should be able to evaluate courses and design our ones. I wonder if there is a collection of good course examples or examples of ...
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How important is it to show students an application of the topics seen in an undergraduate course?

I am currently designing a proof-based Math course for my University. I already designed and ordered all of the theoretical content in the course and included some ad hoc exercises for practicing each ...
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Where to start for a Topics Class

I am teaching my first non-examinable graduate course this Winter term. This course is for students ranging from Masters' students to PhD students in Pure Mathematics and is a course for students to ...
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Would requiring students to use Twitter as an integral part of a course potentially conflict with FERPA?

I'm not planning on requiring my students to use Twitter, but it popped up on someone else's syllabus and got me thinking as to whether it's appropriate with respect to student privacy. I don't ...
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What makes an online course a valuable learning experience for a student?

I just taught my first course that finished last week and I was asked to teach the same course for next semester. The only difference is that this time I will be teaching the course online. I have ...
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Incentives to read for seminar/discussion course

I'm preparing to teach an introductory course and to teach the content through assigned reading and viewing of A/V materials plus seminar-style discussion. This approach won't work if students don't ...
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How are “workshop style” lectures conducted?

Descriptions of graduate (and advanced undergrad) courses sometimes indicate that the lectures are going to be conducted in a "workshop style". I am unsure what a "workshop style" lecture entails and ...
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What are academic resources that provide open source lecture notes? [closed]

I have just answered a similar question on ResearchGate website and thought that it could also be beneficial for the Academia.SE community to share my answer here as well (as a wiki). Obviously, ...
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Does the course number matter?

I have a doctorate already and have circled back to complete an MBA. My doctorate is in another discipline. My MBA program just told me that, rather than using the proposed course numbers for an ...
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What do the abbreviations 2:2, 2:1, or 3:2:3 mean in terms of teaching loads?

I often see people abbreviate faculty teaching loads ("course loads") as 2:2 or 3:2:3 or 2:1. Sometimes a note such as "3:3 with 2 preps" is added. What do these abbreviations mean?
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Are there any resources to find modern (or effective) assignment types, knowledge control techniques?

I'm participating in creating blended (online/offline) courses. Faced a problem of inventing well-designed assignments/assessments. There are already quizzes, essays valuated by teacher, webinars/live ...
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What unforeseen dangers might exist when choosing an open access textbook for a new subject?

I must create a new module (first time to do from scratch). In the past, I've had either existing course descriptions, textbooks, etc. as a base on which to structure a module which is new for me. ...