ERIC Number: ED499126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Designing Curricula to Ensure Student Completions. DETC Occasional Paper Number 25
Distance Education and Training Council
Curriculum is the educational blueprint for institutions. Without it, they would not exist. Curriculum is their product; it provides the concepts, skills, and motivation that students need to shape their futures. From book-driven curriculum to the highest, technologically driven curriculum, an institution's main goal is to ensure that students accomplish the objectives and graduate. Students' completion of curricula is the ultimate measure of institutional success--not only do educators send successful, skilled graduates into the workplace, but student completion affects the bottom line in a positive way. While no magic solution exists to ensure student completions, instructional designers can incorporate some tried-and-true strategies that will entice, encourage, and ultimately, provide students with the skills they need to move forward in their education and careers. This paper discusses seven such strategies: (1) Gear curricula to a target audience; (2) Identify and teach specific competencies; (3) Take it one step at a time; (4) Relate to various learning styles; (5) Student-centered interaction; (6) Draw real-world connections; and (7) Foster motivation, the key to student success.
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Student Motivation, Curriculum Design, Educational Strategies, Cognitive Style, Competency Based Education, Relevance (Education), Audiences, Teaching Methods, Higher Education, Distance Education, Computer Mediated Communication, Interaction, Educational Technology, Computer Assisted Instruction, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power
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Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: Distance Education and Training Council, Washington, DC.