I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to design a course for undergraduate students. I’ve never taught at the higher education level before, but I’ve been teaching 6th graders for a few years now, how different can it be?
I mean that partly tongue-in-cheek and partly not. Here’s how my course design is shaping up. I’d welcome your thoughts and input.
1. My University offers Blackboard access, which I’ll surely use for a couple of quizzes and the like, but mostly our home will be on a WordPress Multi-User installation on my server, so it’s outside of official university servers. I’m going to use it as a replacement for the locked-down Blackboard discussion forum. Often profs will have students post and respond. I’d rather open it up for outside comments, too.
2. My slides are coming together nicely, with little text and a lot in the notes field. My daily plan looks a bit like this…
Greet them at the door.
Begin with attendance done by CPS IR Remotes (that I bring from my middle school)
Move into the lecture, taking into account both my own thought on avoiding cognitive overload and dan’s next gen lecturer techniques. Lecture is good, and in fact useful when used appropriately with novices. Lecture will be full of good content and good conversation.
After lecture we talk about homework, assignments, etc.
Then we move into our “educational” content arena. This is when we’ll view and discuss some of the more popular educational videos out there and discuss their value (I’m looking at you, Did You Know, Pay Attention, a Ninja video, and a few others).
This will lead to some blog posts from them, and surely some feedback from you. We’ll then use those comments and feedback as fodder for class discussion.
I think it will be a good class. It’s two days a week for a 1 hour and 45 minutes. I think the time will fly by.
I might even ask a few of you to Skype in and talk to them for a few minutes. Interested? I’ll be in touch with you.
So what do you think?