Course development is a collaborative and systematic process by which course materials are conceptualized, designed, and developed. Through this process, a subject-matter expert, along with a course development team that includes the academic dean, faculty colleagues, and members of the Center for Teaching and Learning, use the most efficient, effective, and appealing way students—whether they are taking the course on-ground or online—can acquire and apply knowledge, develop and apply competencies (or skills), and acquire and hold to values mapped to the course that will make them highly employable and successful in their careers in a global world.
At Kendall College, the dean identifies a subject-matter expert (SME) to work on a course. A subject-matter expert (SME) or domain expert is a person who is an authority in a particular area or topic. A SME has tons of content, experience, and insights that are essential to creating engaging and interactive courses that support the development of knowledge, competencies, and values. The SME works closely with the CTL Course Development Team, who provides insights into "best practices" that promote active, applied, and contextualized learning.
The entire course-development process includes three parts:
Conceptualization (approximately 10% of the process) during which the SME, with the dean and the CTL Course Development Team, define the scope of the course and how it contributes to the overall program and supports Kendall College's mission statement ("ready for the world").
During the next part, Design (approximately 15% of the process) the SME brainstorms an innovative way to organize the course into a framework that students will feel is authentic to the profession. This may include projects, problems, scenarios, etc. that professionals in the field actually do to apply the content students will learn in the course.
Next, during Development (approximately 70% of the process), the SME, with ongoing support from the CTL Course Development Team, plans the details of each week of the course to promote active, applied, and contextualized learning as well as support students in achieving the course outcomes. This includes planning learning and assessment experiences that are engaging and interactive and incorporate a variety of digital learning resources. The CTL Course Development Team uses the course materials developed by the SME to create a master course site in Blackboard for both the on-ground and online versions of the course.
After the course runs for the first time, the SME participates in a Quality Assurance process (approximately 5% of the process) and revises course materials based on feedback from the students and the instructor.
Course Development Handbook
The purpose of this document is to provide step-by-step directions on how to complete the three parts of course development: Conceptualize, Design, and Develop. It may seem overwhelming at first, but it is our intent that it can be a great resource to you as you work on the course. (Note: At this time, during the first term of course development, subject matter experts may view but not print or download this document.)
Kendall College Curriculum Map
This sheet includes the Institutional Learning Outcomes, Program Outcomes (coming soon), and Ready for the World activities mapped to each course. You can also see the “Can-Do” Statements identified by General Education mapped to students in Year 1, Year 2, etc. (Note: Subject matter experts have the ability to view but not edit this document.)
General Education "Can-Do Statements" Worksheet
Once you identify the Institutional Learning Outcomes (Competencies) mapped to your course, you can use this worksheet to determine what skills, associated with each of these competencies you plan to TEACH and which you EXPECT students to already have proficieny using in your course.
Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Rubric
The Exemplary Course Program recognizes instructors and course designers whose courses demonstrate best practices in four major areas: Course Design, Interaction & Collaboration, Assessment, and Learner Support. Submitted courses are evaluated by a peer group of Blackboard clients using the Exemplary Course Program Rubric.
CTL Course Development Team
Art Schneiderheinze, Ph.D.
Art's role is to coordinate the entire course-development process, manage the CTL Development Team's role in the process, and serve as a resource for deans and subject-matter experts on pedagogy, instructional design, and educational technology.
Course Content Developer
Mark works with the deans and subject-matter experts in Business and General Education to develop digital content; copyedit content for errors, style, accuracy, and meaning; and upload content to Blackboard.
Megan Platt, M.S.
Content Course Developer
Megan works with the deans and subject-matter experts in General Education and Hospitality Management to develop digital content; copyedit content for errors, style, accuracy, and meaning; and upload content to Blackboard.