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Evaluating how your course supports best practices for course design

Good course design begins with a plan. The components of good course design include clear objectives, assessment requirements and opportunities to engage students. Development and delivery of a quality course impacts learning, supports retention of student, reduces costs, and improves student attitudes and faculty satisfaction.

There are several tools and methods available to guide you in the development and evaluation of a course. The Blackboard Exemplary Course program provides a course evaluation rubric to support guidance in design of courses in four areas: Course Design, Interaction & Collaboration, Assessment, and Learner Support. Instructors applying these design principles report the experience improved their courses and made them stronger instructors and course designers.

Applying the principles presented in the Blackboard Exemplary Course Rubric can assist in creating and evaluating your course for best practices. This rubric was used to guide and evaluate the design of a College of Management, Global Strategic Management online course. The course received the 2014 Blackboard Exemplary Course Award. Good design and delivery principles noted in the course were communication of learning objectives, consistency in delivery and design, standard design and location of course material applied throughout the course, and access to supporting university campus services.

Take a tour of the course to learn more about the design of the course and how best practices presented in the course evaluation rubric were applied.

To learn more about evaluation of your course and applying the principles presented in the Blackboard Exemplary Course rubric contact eLearning Services Course Designers.

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