1. Curriculum Development Using Effective Goals and Objectives
Effective curriculum goals and objectives should have two major outcomes. First, students should acquire the same knowledge from the same courses, regardless of the teacher. Second, the students should finish a course ready to move on to the next course, year, or life stage.
These goals and objectives aim to standardize learning objectives for all students and simplify outcomes for teachers. That said, constructing straightforward, achievable goals and objectives can be a lofty task.
2. Major Steps in the Curriculum Development Process
The curriculum development process takes information from a subject matter expert and, through much iteration, creates instruction. But how does information from an expert get translated into educational content that is effective for learners? It goes through four steps of design. Each step involves important team members including project managers, instructional designers, writers, copy editors, and subject matter experts. The team works together to create effective content.
3. The Importance of Project Evaluation for Instructional Designers
As an instructional designer you have carefully designed and developed useful content, engaging learning activities, and challenging assessment items for a project. You have ensured that everything is well correlated to stated learning objectives and that they measure knowledge and skills at the appropriate level of Bloom’s taxonomy (or Depth of Knowledge level). You have spent considerable time chunking the presentation content for readability and digestibility and have provided sufficient opportunity for user interaction in your lesson design. Discussion questions, if used, have been written to encourage critical and creative thinking and real-life application. You feel good about what you have created but So What? The important question is does the instruction actually address the learning need?
4. The Four Responsibilities of an Effective Subject Matter Expert
Every great course begins with the knowledge of a Subject Matter Expert (SME). Being an effective SME, however, requires more than an understanding of the subject matter. Because the SME contributes as one member of a larger development team, skill in navigating the team work environment is essential for success. This challenge is even greater when the SME works with a geographically dispersed team.
5. The SME in Curriculum Development
A subject matter expert, or SME, plays a critical role in the instructional design process. The SME is an expert in a particular content area, often with an advanced degree in this subject. Individuals from a variety of professions can be SMEs, ranging from elementary educators to biologists in the field.
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