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Lesson 1: Determining the Overall (or Broad) Course Goals and Content

One usually begins at the end when planning a new course. By keeping the end in mind, it becomes clearer what steps are necessary to develop a successful course. Consider the following questions to determine the overall (or broad) course goals and content. Quite often the overall course goals and/or content are reflected under the course description in the syllabus.

  1. Is the course a prerequisite, elective, or required course?
  2. Where does this course fit in the curriculum?
  3. What kinds of skills and levels of knowledge are students likely to have?
  4. What do I want the students to gain from this course? And, how do I want them to be different at the conclusion of the course?
  5. What external standards (if any) need to be met?
  6. What professional and/or community standards need to be met?
  7. What are my own attitudes, beliefs, and values about teaching? What are my strengths as a teacher?
  8. What kind of learning space and/or resources will be available?

Lessons: Index, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, References

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