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What are foundational frameworks for understanding course design?

These learning frameworks and theories can deepen your understanding of the basics of course design. 

  • TEACH Framework: What core values do Stanford instructors promote in their teaching? The TEACH framework is designed by and for the Stanford community to help instructors put university values at the core of their course design. 
  • Teacher-Centered versus Student-Centered Course Design: Many instructors design courses thinking about what they want students to know, considering how their understanding of the course content shapes what gets covered in the class. A student-centered design asks, "What will students be able to do at the end of the course?" 
  • Technology Integration Framework: What goes into effectively using new technology in learning? The TPACK framework asserts that Content Knowledge (CK), Pedagogical Knowledge (PK), and Technological Knowledge (TK) are essential intertwining areas that instructors and learners need to successfully achieve technologically enhanced learning.
  • Defining Course Modalities: Getting confused about the differences between a fully online, hybrid, and blended class? If you want to get cleared up on some terminology, this page breaks down the differences.
  • Instructional Design Framework: Many learning designers use the ADDIE (Analyze, Design, Development, Implement, and Evaluate) design framework to construct a course. Consider how these steps might help you shape your course.