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Agile FacultyPractical Strategies for Managing Research, Service, and Teaching$
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Rebecca Pope-Ruark

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226463018

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226463292.001.0001

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Organizing Your Course as an Epic

Organizing Your Course as an Epic

(p.119) 7 Organizing Your Course as an Epic
Agile Faculty

Rebecca Pope-Ruark

University of Chicago Press

This chapter offers advice for using an Agile version of backward course design for both revising an existing course and planning a new course. After reviewing two popular backward course design frameworks, the chapter aligns terms from those approaches with Agile and Scrum terminology, encouraging the reader to think of their course as an epic and to create student learning stories rather than traditional student learning outcome statements. The chapter offers strategies for aligning course and student assessment criteria with the student learning stories and for developing a course schedule plan using a sprint model instead of traditional units. The chapter provides detailed examples of a course redesign and a new course design using the Agile and Scrum strategies in the chapter. Finally, the chapter extends advice to include redesigning multi-section courses and designing a program curriculum.

Keywords:   course, course design, backward design, curriculum, epic, story, learning outcomes, assessment, course schedule, sprint

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