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Course Development

Welcome to the ETC Course Development Process. Whether you are developing a new course, revising an existing one, or just ensuring proper copyright on course material, the ETC team is here to help.

On this page, you will find information, checklists, and FAQs that will help you with your course development. 

The following graphic gives and overview of the entire Course Development Process:

Course Development Process

 

We will all play a role in the process, but please contact Stacey Layden to begin your course review.

 

Amanda FitzgeraldGraphic & Admin Support403-507-7906afitzgerald@oldscollege.ca
Andrea MixInstructional Design403-507-7746amix@oldscollege.ca
Bev RivetCopyright403-507-7730brivet@oldscollege.ca
Stacey LaydenDesktop Publishing & Text Edits403-507-7729slayden@oldscollege.ca

 

Outcomes/Competency Statements & Course Description

For help writing lesson outcomes and competency statements, view the information found in the ETC - Writing Competency Profiles and Statements document.

When writing a course description, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Create an engaging first sentence (do not start with "In this course...).
  • Use action verbs and state what learners will accomplish by the end of the course (refer to the general areas of competency for the expected outcomes).
  • Describe how this course relates to other courses within a program.
  • Remove any redundancies or obvious statements.
  • Keep it short, accurate, and to the point.
Instructional Design - Teaching Strategies & Lesson Outcomes

In conversations with Instructors and by reviewing their courses and/or Moodle content and activities, the ETC department can provide support and development in teaching methods and strategies.  We recognize the importance in developing learning activities that are engaging, relevant, and tied to course outcomes. We can also provide support in writing organized and efficient lesson plans.

Some resources that we have compiled on lesson planning, teaching strategies, building a positive learning environment can be found on the ETC - Preparing for Instruction site.

When creating the outcomes for your individual lesson plans, you can follow a similar format to the information provided on writing course outcomes and competency statements. 

If you are interested in more professional development in this area, the following workshops are offered at various times throughout the semester:

  • ISS 5001 - Quality Instruction in a Post-Secondary Learning Environment

  • ISS 5003 - Connecting Instruction with Technology

  • ISS 5004 - Designing the Learning Experience

Please contact the ETC department for a schedule of delivery dates.  These courses are recommended for all contract, temporary, and permanent staff, and are a requirement for probationary faculty.

Instructional Design - Assessments & Evaluations

In the course development and review process, creating effective and engaging student assessments and evaluations is one of the most important steps.  We can offer support to instructors in this area by discussing the importance of feedback and assessments appropriate to the course profile, and assisting with the design of these assessment and evaluation strategies.  All assessment and evaluation strategies should be connected to a course outcome from the competency profile.

Some resources that we have compiled on building effective assessments, evaluations, and feedback can be found on the ETC - Assessment & Feedback Site.

If you are interested in more professional development in this area, the following workshops are offered at various times throughout the academic year:

  • ISS 5002 - Assessing and Evaluating the Learning Experience
  • ISS 5004 - Designing the Learning Experience 

Please contact the ETC department for a schedule of delivery dates.  These courses are recommended for all contract, temporary, and permanent staff, and are a requirement for probationary faculty.

Text Editing

If you write your own course materials, we have professional copy-editors that can assist with editing and reviewing any written text.  

Please contact Stacey Layden to set up a review of your written materials.

Desktop Publishing & Graphic Design

The ETC department can assist with the desktop publishing of your Moodle course and printed course-ware that you provide for your students.

Please contact Stacey Layden to set up a time to review the layout of your course. 

Images and Graphics

Here are a few basic things to keep in mind when self-assessing the graphics and images in your course materials:

  • Images can be no larger than 5.5” wide x 8.75” high in paper modules.  Images that utilize horizontal space over vertical space are preferred.  When possible, aim for graphics that are 5.5” wide x 3.5” tall.
  • Try to maintain perfect clarity in handouts and Moodle images.  You should always keep a digital copy of your handouts to print from, rather than photocopying existing ones.
  • Line art is preferable for technical diagrams & schematics over photos due to clarity of focus and labelling.  If you need an image converted into line art, please contact Stacey Layden or Amanda Fitzgerald for support in this area.
  • Be sure to note the original source of the image, and check for any copyright