Course (Re) Design in Higher Education

Here are some courses I either designed completely or redesigned from a previous version.

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Northern Illinois University (NEIU)

Course: HRD 406: Instructional Design in Human Resource Development

Summary of (re)design: For this course, I was hired to teach as an adjunct for spring 2021. Northeastern Illinois University uses D2L / Brightspace as their LMS. I have been more familiar with Blackboard due to my other work at another university, so it took a little time to get familiar with the system. I specifically requested to not see a version of the course taught by other instructors previously so I could ‘start fresh’ and make it my own. In spring 2021, I taught it as a 16-week course. In 2022, it is an 8-week course, which is requiring a rethinking of readings, attendance requirements, and weekly activities.

Northern Illinois University (NIU)

Course: ETT 561: Human Resource Development

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Course: ETT 555: Media Design: Multimedia

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Course: ETT 553: Ethics & Professional Standards in Instructional Technology

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Course: ETT 535: Distance Education – Design and Delivery

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Course: ETT 310: Instructional Design Models, Strategies, and Tactics

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Course: ETT 510 Instructional Media and Technology

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Course: ETT 740: Seminar: Educational Technology Foundations

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Course: ETT 511: Advanced Instructional Media Design

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Course: ETT 229: Computers in Education, Spring 2017-Spring 2019

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University of Illinois College of Medicine (UICOM)

Course: ELEC 599: Radiology / Surgery / Anatomy

Summary of design: I was approached in fall term 2014 by a radiology faculty member Dr. Ejaz Shamim at UIC to help develop a hybrid course called Radiology / Surgery / Anatomy (RSA). I worked closely with Dr. Shamim and other faculty to develop modules, activities, rubrics, and assessments for the course. This course, still being taught as of 2022, has an online component in Blackboard though that online component serves mainly as a space for students to receive assignment information and to submit their work. The students who take this class are required to give weekly presentations (in person prior to the pandemic of 2020-?, and via Zoom during the pandemic) on a radiological image and discuss aspects of related surgical and anatomical information.

Feedback: I received from the key faculty for this course: “Thanks, Max for your guidance and instruction in adapting Blackboard to the specialized needs of RSA.”


Course: ELEC 494 Genes, Drugs, & Practical Application in Medicine

Summary of design: In spring 2021, I was approached by faculty and staff at UIC College of Medicine (UICOM) Rockford campus to help them design and develop a new asynchronous online course about genes, drugs and application in medicine. I met with the faculty and staff to discuss the length of the course, objectives, and what they expected students to be able to do by the end of the course, which helped us to design appropriate assessments and assignments. Once we had a general blueprint, I then worked closely with a key staff member to build the course in Blackboard. We edited the course design a bit after receiving evaluations from students in preparation for the next delivery of it.

Feedback: One of the faculty members who run the course, Dr. Linda Chang, sent me and a staff member with whom I worked closely on the course this feedback after week 1: “Week 1 pharmacogenomics course went well and we want to thank you both very much for your support.  BB looks and functions beautifully.   So grateful we have you both.”


Course(s): ELEC 670: Advanced Radiology, ELEC 670: Radiology

Summary of design: The original course(s) for radiology to be taught asynchronously online were proposed by Dr. Karen Xie, a master educator at UICOM in 2017. I worked closely with Dr. Xie to design the look and feel of the course within Blackboard based on her learning objectives and expectations of student performance. I encouraged Dr. Xie and other faculty involved in the course to record a short ‘welcome’ video and they were very positive about this suggestion. I helped them locate appropriate technology with which to record this video and others. As we do not upload video (or other large files) directly to Blackboard, I created a course and section in Echo360 and then connected it to the Blackboard course. A few years later, as Dr. Xie moved on to other responsibilities, Dr. Ketan Shah reached out to me to update the course. His version of the course was a bit more complicated and involved assessments with multiple levels of adaptive release. I also worked with Drs. Xie and Shah to use Poll Everywhere as they deliver live content to their students and include interactivity elements.


Course: ELEC 600: Artificial and Augmented Intelligence in Medicine

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Course: CLER 672: Laboratory Medicine

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Course: ELEC 620: Narrative Medicine

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Courses: Neuropsychiatry; Neuropsychiatry Perspectives

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Course: Ophthalmology

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