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Foundations of Course Design

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Who is this guide for?

This guide is for those who are new to teaching or are designing a course. It is also relevant to anyone who may be refreshing and updating their knowledge or preparing to redesign an existing course.

We recommend that everyone begin with this guide as an introduction or refresher to the foundations of effective course design.

What will you find?

This guide focuses on the basics of pedagogy and course design. It includes course design frameworks, definitions of common terms, general Stanford resources and services, and core pedagogic concepts and strategies. While this guide is most applicable to the early stages of planning a course, the concepts in this guide are widely applicable to teaching in general.

This guide generally does not include example activities, specific tools, or strategies specific to a particular course mode, such as online or hybrid courses. If you're looking for more concrete and specific strategies consider the other Teaching Guides or browsing the Find Articles section of this website.

How do you navigate the guide?

Use the menu on the left side of the page to navigate through the various topics and content pages. If you are on a device with a small screen, use the menu icon in the upper-right corner of the page.