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Differentiating University Course Instructional Design: A 100% Online, Flipped Course with Personalized Resources for Students (Original Title: The Social Darwinism of Universities: Eight Tools to Improve University Teaching in an Era of Change)

  • Harvard University Extension School
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Of all levels of education, university instruction has been the slowest to adjust to the times. This paper documents the successful instructional design format of a course offered in the Harvard University Extension School in Spring 2016 called The Neuroscience of Learning. In addition to offering specific content, this course also sought to take advantage of new information about how the brain learns and the ways in which technology can be leveraged to improve university teaching. Students evaluated the course highly as well as testified to how their long-term learning processes had changed after undergoing the semester long exercises. The paper begins by explaining the recent history of university education and eight challenges that are forcing the modernization of instruction at the tertiary level. It is recommended that lessons learned from this pilot be replicated in additional classes to consider the instructional design applicability to other subject areas.
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