This presentation will focus on how to develop master courses in higher education. Master courses can help ensure that students are receiving the same information and having comparable experiences in a course regardless of the instructor. University leaders and professors can learn the steps associated with creating master courses. Information will also be shared about the additional benefits as well as challenges associated with developing and utilizing master courses. Course developers are tasked with creating common experiences for students while acknowledging varying levels of experience and background of instructors. Developed master courses require educators to go beyond using a common syllabus by engaging instructors through tiered supports in the areas of student engagement, motivation, and skill development. Additionally, master courses provide a structure for instruction regardless of the delivery method. As educators move into a new academic year where social distance and distance learning are at the forefront of many minds, educators need to be mindful of ways to ensure that courses are be designed and delivered in a common format regardless of physical location changes throughout the year. Example procedures and processes of how master courses have been created and utilized at a small, liberal arts university will be shared with attendees.
Jill Tussey, Buena Vista University, United States
Leslie Haas, Buena Vista University, United States