Our Content Design Process:
Develop the Course Outline
We have designed our course materials to work with as many institutional needs as possible. This is reflected in our course development process. Our Curriculum Development team, working in partnership with qualified Subject Matter Experts, begins this process by reviewing representative syllabi from two and four-year institutions, as well as leading textbooks. This initial step culminates in the development of a course outline that features the 60-70 core concepts that are taught at most institutions. We specify key topics for each concept, as well as a measurable learning outcome.
Identify Key Topics
After identifying the key concepts and topics to be covered in a course, the Curriculum Team and subject matter experts establish the skills and competencies that students should work on mastering. These are selected from TEL Education’s framework of key 21st-century skills and competencies—TEL Mastery Standards. Targeted skills and competencies, along with learning outcomes, are used to guide the design of the mastery assignments included in each course.
In the final course outline, each of the 60-70 key concepts becomes a lesson. For each lesson, our subject matter experts curate and create content within a templated format that reinforces TEL’s learning progression model.