This article describes how to create an academic course.
Course Creation Requirements (Academic)
Course Naming Convention
Each course will have a title and designation with three letters in uppercase and four digits. As follows:
Numbers 1000-4999 are Undergraduate Courses.
Numbers 5000-8999 are Graduate Courses.
Numbers 9000-9000 are Doctorate Courses.
- A course, for this purpose, is learning an idea and verifying the idea was learned through testing. The idea can be larger than an academic course, Advanced Calculus, for example, or smaller than pouring a carbonated liquid into a glass without producing any foam.
- A course does not need a teacher.
- A course does not need a textbook.
- A course does not need to produce a grade.
- A course must have a student.
- The student must demonstrate that they have mastered the material.
- Instructor's name and contact information
- Meeting times. (If applicable)
- Description - Teaching objectives.
- Credits - Rate the course on how many credits it is worth.
- Duration - Expected time to complete.
- Level - Bachelors, Masters, Doctoral.
- Passing Grade
- Other materials
- Exams, quizzes, tests. One exam per chapter. One quiz per section. The final exam is always cumulative.
Teach a little, test a little. Then repeat.
Learning is best done by doing.
- A good test draws out what the student knows.
- This precludes a test being used as a torture device.
- A test will only cover material discussed during the course.
- A question's value will be proportional to the time spent on the topic during the course. For example, a topic that consumed 10 minutes will not count for 40% of the final exam.
- Questions are discrete, not cascading.
- This means the answer for #3 does not depend on the answer for #2, which in turn does not depend on the answer to #1.
- The answer and solution must be available from a trusted third source.
- Show all your work. Any idiot can spit out the answer. Prove why you know the answer is correct.
A Course From Scratch
Define the material to cover, then select media, write the syllabus and tests.
- The key is obtaining a suitable textbook in digital form. Then matching that to a suitable syllabus.
Copy an Existing Course
Simply copy the syllabus, exams, homeworks and go through them.
Modeling an Existing Course
Often the same course varies from school to school, as in Advanced Calculus. Hunt around and knit together a course. Something like Dr. Frankenstein and his Monster.
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