In a classroom (or a computer screen) we all want to see highly motivated students, engaging with the course materials to achieve the competencies, skills, and traits necessary for their careers and lives. Increasingly, we find that well-designed courses with definite learning goals and objectives increase student engagement and success.

Whether we teach an online, in-person, or a hybrid class, the key components of course design are the same:

  • Learning objectives: What are the learning objectives of the course?
  • Assessments: What kinds of tasks will reveal whether students have achieved the learning objectives I have identified?
  • Learning activities: What kinds of activities in and out of class will reinforce my learning objectives and prepare students for assessments?