Improving Course Outcomes: Lessons Learned
Concurrent Session 1
Since 2004, Soomo has worked with many colleges and universities to increase student success through innovative course design. Today, we’ll share a few of our favorite lessons learned from each stage of our process: pinpointing problems, designing solutions, building courses, equipping faculty, supporting course delivery, and analyzing course performance.
Effective course design is a complex process. When a particularly troublesome course lands on the desk of a course designer, it’s hard to know if this one will see the biggest impact from design thinking or faculty training, from increasing engagement or improving alignment, from switching to more accessible content or directly addressing mindset.
This presentation will provide some context for the myriad solutions buzzing about, reminding faculty and designers that the challenges of your particular course will play a prominent role in choosing which strategies you use to address them.
While the process itself is at least as old as ADDIE, we’ll be sharing the best of what we’ve seen working recently in each of these five phases, and diving into a sixth phase we find essential to improving outcomes.
This session will be especially helpful for people who want to make effective use of all they’re learning at OLC and everything they’ve been reading about learning science, cognitive psychology, and instructional design. People new to course design may find the framework to be the most helpful part, but even seasoned course designers will likely benefit from some of the insights shared about each stage.