Design Your Course - Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Design Your Course

Many of the decisions affecting the success of a course take place well before the first day of class. Careful planning at the course design stage not only makes teaching easier and more enjoyable, it also facilitates student learning. Once your course is planned, teaching involves implementing your course design on a day-to-day level.

To design an effective course, you need to:

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  1. Students' prior knowledge can help or hinder learning.  |  MORE
  2. How students organize knowledge influences how they learn and apply what they know.   |  MORE
  3. Students' motivation determines, directs, and sustains what they do to learn.  |  MORE
  4. To develop mastery, students must acquire component skills, practice integrating them, and know when to apply what they have learned.  |  MORE
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