Course design

Dear Content Contributor,

I wish to sincerely appreciate you for the time spent in reading and commenting on our weekly tips since its debut, middle of this year. Your
positive comments and constructive criticisms are impetus that have put us on the right path. However, this tip will be the last edition for the year
2014, as we promise to do more in the years ahead.

Meanwhile, as we are set for the 2014/2015 Academic Session, the issue of our *course design* is paramount, due to the dynamics of the global
economy. So, *what is course design?* Course design basically refers to the process of conceptualising, organising and arranging the elements of a
curriculum into a coherent pattern. It is a curriculum process that includes the following: Diagnosis of needs, formulation of objectives,
selection of content, organisation of content, organisation of learning experiences and determination of what to evaluate, and the means to
evaluate.

Course design fundamentally deals with asking of questions, in order to provide a reasoned basis for the subsequent processing of syllabus design,
materials writing, classroom teaching and evaluation. Let us look at relevant examples from the STANFORD University on DESIGNING COURSES
<
http://web.stanford.edu/dept/CTL/Newsletter/designing_courses.pdf> and DESIGNING AND TEACHING A COURSE
<
http://web.stanford.edu/dept/CTL/Newsletter/designing_and_teaching.pdf>.

You can as well read through our previous weekly tips here


Wishing you Merry Christmas and a prosperous year 2015 in advance!

Thank you.

Dr. O. Folorunso
Director, Centre for Innovation and Strategy in Learning and Teaching