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What Does It Mean to Design a Course?

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What Does It Mean to Design a Course?

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It’s a great question and not one most of us ask ourselves as often as we should. Is creating or reconstituting a course a design process, or is it more like course assembly? Even though instructional designers are more visibly present than they used to be and the term instructional design is commonplace, our sense of what we do to get a course ready hasn’t changed all that much. Do we really understand that we’re designing a set of experiences that shape how students encounter the content?

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