The end of the semester is quickly approaching, so how do you wrap up your course for your students and yourself? The article from the Chronicle of Higher Education, Wrapping Up a Large Online Course, provides good ideas, even though the article is intended for larger online classes.
The article provides three big ideas:
- Evaluate and prioritize assignments for revision based on student success
- Offer a student survey for specific course feedback
- Review materials and prioritize content for updating
I like the idea of collecting specific course feedback and reflection. Just because the course is over, what students have learned may not apply to them immediately. It is helpful for students to make connections with prior learning and experience and what they learned in your course. A suggested technique is for students to create a mind map as a way of capturing the key concepts from the course to connect with what the concepts mean and how concepts can be applied.
Students can draw a mind map or use a free mind mapping tool.
Another option is to create a Wrap Up discussion forum for you and your students to reflect on the semester. Consider offering open-ended questions which can impact how you revise your course.
- How rigorous or difficult was the course?
- What is something you accomplished this semester that you are proud of?
- What was your most challenging assignment?
- What was the most challenging part of this course for you?
- If you could change one thing about the course, what would it be?
- In what area do you feel you made your biggest improvements?
- What are six adjectives that best describe this course?
- What advice would you give students taking this course next semester?
When the course is over, you can wrap up the discussion and provide additional resources for students including associations, journals, and books.
From the mind maps and/or open-ended responses, you have additional feedback to consider, so now it is a good time to self-reflect. Ask yourself, did the students make connections as you thought they might? Are big ideas missing? How can you revise your course to make the concepts more clear? You now have information to guide you as you reflect, revise and improve your course.