Friday, December 12, 2008

A "good" course is ...

After being asked the question, "What is a good course?" and thinking about the characteristics of a good course, here are some:
  • Good courses are organized. Students know what they are doing, what they need to read, and what they are expected to know.
  • Good courses offer students opportunities to do something with their newly acquired knowledge: contribute to a discussion, write a paper.
  • Good course provide students with opportunities to grow and learn, through feedback and through challenging assignments.
  • Good courses promote and encourage discussion, between students and with faculty. Students want to ask questions, and have questions answered. Questions are used to probe for knowledge and understanding.

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