How will c3Design help you develop your course?

Several innovative features and tools support c3Design: a series of well-crafted knowledge checks, an automated syllabus template, a novel integration map, a schedule builder, a syllabus rubric, and a fully searchable syllabus database. You'll find brief introductions to each feature below. Also, we'll give you more complete descriptions when we formally introduce the tools.

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Interactive Learning

During each stage of c3Design, we will introduce you to foundational concepts such as student motivation, backward-integrated course design, and Fink’s Taxonomy of Significant Learning. You will eventually use these concepts to develop your course.

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Knowledge Checks

Throughout c3Design, you will encounter Knowledge Checks, interactive modules that allow you to test your understanding of key concepts. For example, after learning about motivation theories, you will be asked to determine whether common teaching behaviors (e.g. allowing students to work in small groups on complex projects) increase or decrease student motivation and why. Detailed feedback is provided after you submit each answer.

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Flexible, Auto-populated Syllabus Templates

As you complete the various components of your course design, they are added automatically to your syllabus. The starting template is quite flexible, can be modified to meet your specific needs, and is easily exported and shared.

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Integration Map

This unique and powerful tool gives you instantaneous feedback on the quality of your design by analyzing it behind-the-scenes and displaying a variety of graphical representations of your work-in-progress. For example, based on how you map your learning objectives onto Fink’s Taxonomy, the dashboard reports the relative percentages each taxonomic domain contributes to your overall learning objectives (e.g. foundational knowledge might account for 40% of your learning objectives). When used iteratively, the Integration Map will help you quickly refine your design to better reflect your intentions.

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Schedule Builder

Save time by allowing c3Design to automatically create a draft of your course calendar based on date and time information you provide.

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Syllabus Rubric

This award-winning tool will help you measure the focus of your syllabus (content vs. learning) and provides you with formative feedback on how to continue to shift it further toward a learning focus.

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Syllabus Database

This ever-expanding, fully searchable, moderated database only includes syllabi (made public by instructors) that have a learning-focus as described by our Syllabus Rubric. Once you've successfully completed c3Design, you will be able to search for courses designed by other instructors and import their designs directly into your work space rather than having to start from scratch.

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