Your feedback invited: *NEW* Course Design Document template

Your feedback invited: *NEW* Course Design Document template

Hello fellow University Instructors, Lecturers, and Fellow Travelers!!

Intel Software College is considering a new Course Design Document which will soon accompany existing courses, and will precede the development of all new courses and modules. YOUR FEEDBACK ON THIS TEMPLATE PROPOSAL IS INVITED!

The template for the currently proposed Design Document follows: think of it as beta. Sections of the document are in bold, and are numbered. After each section youll note a short description of the purpose of the section. This template is designed to be used for all current and future courses, whether they are self study, online, or live delivery.

If youre not currently too familiar with design documents, keep reading! This is your chance to get up to speed quickly. You should read through the 15 short sections of the template, and let us know what you think.

Your feedback can be about any aspect of the document, quite literally: are we on the right track? Do you think there are missing sections? Does the template contain TOO much information? ALL SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT are invited!

If youve ever wanted the opportunity to influence Intels international team of course architects and curriculum developers, NOW IS THE TIME! In fact, if you have peers and coworkers who are interested in the shaping the next generation of software developers, urge them to drop on in here as well!

Happy Teaching!



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Course Design Document Template

Beta 20080321

1. Course Name

The expected or working name of the course or module.

2. Writer

The names of the writers who are responsible for the course content


3. Targeted availability

Date of the expected availability of the materials for downloading

4. Brief Course Description

A one or two paragraph description of the course itself

5. Needs Analysis

The Needs Analysis is an upper level description of the business case which best informs the need for the described course or module. Typically a Needs Analysis will contain a description of some current, imperfect condition and, a desired, yet as not attained more perfect condition. The difference between these two is the need, in the strictest definition of the world. (This section might fit well into any common executive overview of a course.)

6. Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)

This section lists out the SMEs who contributed materials, topics, review cycles, or good old fashioned editing to the course or module.

SMEs differentiate material that MUST be taught, that SHOULD be taught, and that COULD be taught. SMEs provide the essential core of learning objectives for any course or module.

Further, SMEs define what is necessary and sufficient to reach mastery of the material. They pinpoint deficiencies, they articulate the importance of any task or topic, and moreover, the can demonstrate mastery and coach any other performance to a mastery level.

7. Learner Analysis

For Intel Software College course materials, there are two kinds of learners: the student, and the train the trainer attendee. This section of the design document covers both.

The characteristics of adult learners surely plays a role here, but more, every important detail of the target audience for the materials must be explicitly listed here including prerequisite kno
wledge, skills and motivations.

The Learner Analysis informs every course or module detail that follows.

8. Context Analysis

The purpose of a Context Analysis is to identify and describe the environmental factors that inform the design of this module. Environmental factors include:

a. Learning Activities

b. Media Selection

c. Participant Materials and Instructor Guides

d. Packaging and production of training materials, and their mode of availability

e. Training Schedule

Further, the role of the Context Analysis helps curriculum planners determine where new coursewares, objectives, and materials may intermix best with current class materials.

9. Task Analysis

The Task Analysis (or Job Task Analysis) specifies the goals of the course or module in terms of tasks, and breaks those down into their subparts. Tasks include new behaviors as well as sub-skills that the learner may already have mastery over.

Tasks are defined most often by observation, but, for cognitive tasks, their definition is highly reliant on SME input.

10. Concept Analysis

The Concept Analysis is used to identify and clarify important concept definitions and to pinpoint in a systematic way examples of those concepts; and perhaps further to identify suggested exemplars (and nonexemplars) during instruction.

11. Le
arning Objectives

The Learning Objectives for the course or module are listed herein.

As is always the case with objectives, they must be attainable, realistic, specific, measurable, and testable. They are routinely formed from the following domains and levels:

n Cognitive: evaluation, synthesis, knowledge, application, comprehension, analysis

n Affective: valuing, characterization, receiving, responding, organization

n Psychomotor: production, formation, coordination, action

n Interpersonal: summarizing, disagreeing, building and supporting, proposing, seeking information, giving information, etc.

12. Criterion Items

The Criterion Items will match the final objectives of the course or module. A criterion item is an activity or question that requires the learner to show in a clear and direct way their attainment of that learning objective. During development of the course material, the Criterion items provide a great deal of focus for the writer. Note that Criterion items are written BEFORE the writing on the course materials begins.

13. Expert Appraisal

The plan for getting expert opinion regarding the materials, from experts who were not functioning as SMEs for the development cycle, and as such may have alternative opinions about both the structure and the language of the content.

14. Developmental Testing

Planned alpha and beta tests for the materials.

15. Production

How and when the finished materials are made available.

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Looks like a great draft template!

I'm wondering if it might be helpful to include:

1) Estimated content development hours for the content (and who provides that)

2) Revisions (what would constitute a modification to the content, maybe part of your #8 Context Analysis)

How is this template going to be used?


Thanks for the super feedback, Scott.

The template itself should preceed any future course or module development. (For a little while, we'llbe playing "catch up" and organizingCourse Design Docs for the currently releasedmaterial: but, that is purelya temporary state.)

CDDa really concise way to talk about the strategy, goals, objectives, instructional materials, and instructional tactics that inform both the need for, and execution of, our worldwide training.

In Intel speak, we'd have the CDD conjoined with the CA presentation of PLC; not as a requirement to have a CA in the first place, but, as "done" or "not yet done, due month/day/year, conditional."

Most of the documents we create in 2008will be publicly available on this Forum for feedback at any and all times from our university fellow travelers. Certain sections are not made public, ever. Many companies consider the entire document to be confidential; but, VERY TOUGH to get feedback that way...


What do you think? Missing anything?



This outline is admirably thorough, and certainly covers areas overlooked in our previous efforts. I'm wondering if there is merit in organizing these same steps into broader categories, and in a "flow" order. For example:

What are we talking about?
- course name
- course description

Why are we doing it?
- needs analysis

What are the constraints?
- learner & context analyses

How are we going to produce it?
- task & concept analyses
- learning objectives, developmental testing
- criterion items

Who is doing it?
- writer; SMEs

Did we get it right?
- expert appraisal, developmental testing

- targetted availability, production

Like Scott: great ideas, well said.




Hi Readers,

You may have noticed that Intel is releasing a lot of new material which is not the full length of a course. These modules can be as short as one hour in length. These new materials will be posted here for feedback, and then later at the WIKI for downloading by any and all interested parties.

Note that this modules could be considered 'classes' in themselves, but could easily be added to an existing syllabus. In that event, it makes a little more sense to refer to this new document as an Instructional Design Document rather than a Course Design Document. Same thing, though, same items and detail and information.

You may see both titles around for a while before we get the message across internally. Don't let it confuse you!



I think it would be a great idea for folks within this academic community help ISC drive delivery ofthe courseware; if we could get some volunteers to review the material (both the Instructional Design Document and say a 75% draft (beta) of the presentation) for appropriateness in adding the subject matter into your curriculum.

So academic forum members - we need volunteers to review this material, you'll get an early jump on the material, and you'll be able to shape it in a way that's maybe more appropriate to deliver within your academic institution.

Please Step Up; let us know if you have specific interests, no reasonable offers refused.



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