A Model Course…

  • is an openly available, fully developed web-based instructional resource containing course info, learning outcomes, suggested weekly topics and projects, video resources, quizzes, rubrics, grading policy, and more.
  • can be cloned and adapted (with attribution) by other faculty teaching the course on OpenLab or as a pedagogical resource for faculty using Blackboard or other systems for their online course space.
  • is created by the course coordinator and/or faculty member(s) with subject matter expertise.
  • is identified with a Department Model badge on the OpenLab.
  • is considered an open education resource (OER). An OER uses a Creative Commons license which lets others edit and remix the material.
  • has been approved by the course coordinator or Department Chair.

Goals and Benefits

  • To provide students with access to high-quality course content for a unified approach to distance, hybrid, and in-person teaching.
  • To ensure continuity of curriculum.
  • To reduce redundant work for Course Coordinators and teaching faculty.
  • To promote the use of best practices and consistent approaches using web-enhanced course materials and methods.
  • To encourage the use of open educational resources and open pedagogical methods to equalize access to educational materials.
  • To lower barriers to entry for faculty who have less experience with technology and digital pedagogy.

Model Course Examples

Below is an example of a Model Course that was built using course materials from a preexisting course site. The goal is to adapt and organize course materials for other faculty to use, edit, and remix. Any references to the original course (section, year, faculty members, students, etc) are removed. Instructional text and indicators are provided to guide faculty using the Model Course.

Original Course:

Model Course:

Additional Model Courses

Browse the complete list of Department-approved Model Courses found in the Courses section of the OpenLab.

➤ List of Model Courses