Key Elements of Effective Course Planning

$30.00 members / $30.00 nonmembers     2.0 CE credits

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Analyze the key elements and steps for designing a course that will cover subject matter in an effective and engaging manner that facilitates learning. Lessons include laying the groundwork for successful course planning, developing learning objectives, writing a syllabus and lesson plans, learning assessments and the importance of reflection to bring it all together. Practical tips and reflective questions are included to help you apply the course content to your own classroom setting.


Participants in this course will be able to:

  • Describe the key elements of the course planning process
  • Construct learning objectives with measurable outcomes
  • Develop an effective course syllabus and lesson plans
  • Plan courses that effective cover the intended subject matter
  • Develop learning assessments and homework that reflect the desired outcomes of a course

About the author(s)

Kelly Towey, M. Ed., has over 20 years experience working in organized medicine and with national associations. Her consultant work includes work in the areas of Website content development, communications, project management, health policy and public relations.

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Course approval codes

MSP #133


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