How do you most effectively navigate c3Design?

To leverage the full power of c3Design (and avoid unnecessary frustration), spend some time on this page. Begin by clicking on Start Tour and then work your way through the other information on this page.


c3Design is structured to systematically walk you through the backward-integrated design process. Within each of the eight parts, you'll encounter subsections containing textual descriptions and explanations, exploratory activities, animated videos, and forms designed to collect your thoughts. The best way to move through c3Design is sequentially by using the Last and Next buttons at the bottom of the page. But, you can can also use the main menu toward the top of the page and sub-menus in the right-hand column.

Exploration Activities

Exploration Activities offer you the opportunity to explore and engage with the content in a variety of ways at your own pace. In the example below, you can look through a library of types of assessments that may be less commonly used to evaluate student performance.

Animated Videos

Animated videos help to illustrate many of the foundational concepts in c3Design. The videos include narration, and subtitling so you can watch, listen, or both. At the bottom of each video, you'll find standard play controls that allow you to play, pause, fast-forward, rewind, or adjust volume. The example below helps you dream about what you truly hope your students will know, be able to do, or value five years after your course is over.


While you move through c3Design, we will collect various pieces of information from you to add to your syllabus, including your course and instructor information, learning goals and objectives, course description, and assignments and activities. The example below is part of the form that collects instructor information.


In places throughout the site, we've added callouts to draw your attention to special considerations (e.g. online instruction). The value of these will vary based on your unique set of circumstances, and they can be ignored if they don't apply.

Teaching online requires you be extremely explicit with directions, explanations, and guidance. Envision your students working at a distance and, likely, more independently than in an in-person course. To avoid answering a flood of emails to clear up misunderstandings further down the line, spend time upfront being as explicit as possible. Try to anticipate the sticking points and areas of confusion in your syllabus, course description, and materials. Students learn best when they understand precisely what they need to do to succeed, and in an online environment, that may mean providing even more details than usual before the first day of class.

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