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Designing Your Course for Student Learning (Start 3 Weeks)

October 7, 2019

Designing Your Course for Student Learning


This course provides participants an opportunity to review the design of their course so that the assignments they have planned in a course are aligned with the learning objectives students are supposed to master.  Here is what participants will do in this course.

  • Apply Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy to course module objectives
  • Select assessment tools, learning materials, and learning activities, that align with the course and module objectives
  • Explore various teaching and learning tools that align with a course design
  • Implement a course map for one module using D2L Brightspace
  • Reflect on your experiences in the course

Course Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to

  • Design a unit/module roadmap that aligns objectives, activities, and assessments. (McTighe and Wiggins, 2004).
  • Use tools available within the learning management system (D2L Brightspace) to outline the design of their course

Technical Skill Requirements

  • Use a web browser
  • Create, save and upload Word documents
  • Navigate Microsoft Windows
  • Create and send an email using your MinnState account
  • Evaluate and decide whether or not to use OneDrive
  • Perform basic tasks associated with the following D2L Brightspace tools: Content, Quizzes and Assignments
    • Content
      • Upload documents
      • Create an HTML document
    • Quizzes
      • Create a Quiz
    • Assignments
      • Create an assignment Dropbox that links to the gradebook
    • Discussions
      • Create a Discussion Thread
    • Communication tools in Brightspace
      • Create emails
      • Post News Items

Materials Required

Prior to beginning this course, you should complete the following activities.

  • Select a course outline to use
  • Select module to use
  • Contact Tech Support to set up a D2L Brightspace “Sample/Sandbox” Course if you do not have one

Suggested Audience

Faculty (Full-time and part-time), Instructional Designers and Technologists, and Faculty Developers/Trainers

Estimated Time Commitment

Most participants are able to complete this course by committing 5-7 hours per week.

Reflect on your Professional Development

As you progress through this course, please consider how you can use the assignments as a way to highlight your work on your Professional Development Plan. Consider sharing your work with your leadership team.

RSVP Required

Because we need time to enroll participants into the corresponding D2L Brightspace Course site, we will close RSVPs one week prior to the start of this course.

Accessing the Course Site:  Using the RSVP below allows us to send you reminders about this course and share important information following the course including how to access the corresponding D2L Brightspace course site.

Check Your Junk Mail:  After submitting your RSVP, an email confirmation is sent to the email address you provided. Please check your junk/spam folder if this confirmation was not delivered to your inbox.

Reminders Coming:   We use the email address you provided to send you reminder emails as the event date gets closer, but we suggest you add this event to your calendar.

Data Use:  Your contact information is not shared with any third-parties, but we plan to use your contact information to send you information about upcoming events on this Events Calendar for which you may be interested.

Accommodations: If you require accommodations (live captioning, etc.) to participate in this event, please send an email to the person at the bottom of this page.

Course Location

This course is hosted and facilitated using shared D2L Brightspace instance of Minnesota State called, MnSite.

Questions? Contact Scott Wojtanowski


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October 7, 2019
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Renée Cedarberg
Course Design
Developing Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities