Course Revisions & Updates
Ideally, courses are revised as often as possible. While most instructors make minor revisions between course offerings, a more substantive revision is eventually necessary. Use the most recent UF Standards and Markers of Excellence review and the Instructor Reflection Log from each semester to determine content and design elements that require attention. Consider how each item you call out in these documents may be improved.
To request our assistance with course revisions, or to schedule a consultation, or to schedule a consultation, submit the Contact Us form. The instructor workload is highly variable by context, but the sections below outline timeline examples and details on our course revisions process.
When to update a course
Minor updates will likely happen after every course offering, but revisions that are more significant should be expected in certain situations.
- Every 3 years or 4 iterations, whichever comes first
- Every time there is an instructor change
- When course content and/or assessments become dated or inaccurate
- When a critical review indicates revisions will improve the course
What to update about a course
During the semester, the instructor should use an Instructor Reflection Log to identify and prioritize future revisions. In addition to the reflection log, an Instructional Designer (ID) or colleague should complete a review using the UF Standards and Markers of Excellence to identify potential and essential course improvements, which may include:
- Module level learning objectives
- Instructional content (readings, non-lecture videos, etc.)
- Lectures (including PowerPoints and scripts)
- Assignments and activities
- Quizzes and exams
- Course layout
Why you should revise your course
In adherence with the University’s commitment to teaching excellence, regular updates are necessary for many reasons, which include:
- Striving for continuous quality improvement, since quality declines over time
- Complying with legal requirements and university policies
- Incorporating new disciplinary research and knowledge
- Utilizing emerging and evolving teaching and learning methodologies
- Employing rapidly developing learning technologies
- Contributing to the scholarship of teaching and learning using your course as a case study
How to complete a course revision
Course revisions can be as minor as updating a few lectures and the associated assessments or as significant as changing from a face-to-face, traditional design to a flipped course design (though such a drastic revision would be akin to a new course development). For this reason, it is important to have a good idea of what will be included in the course revision to make sure a reasonable estimate of timeline and workload is proposed in the agreement with the CITT.
- Visit the Contact Us section of the CITT’s website and submit a request.
- You will be contacted by a CITT Instructional Designer (ID) to develop a task list and timetable.
- Similar to a full course development, you will meet with your ID on a weekly basis to review the items due each week and the ID’s feedback.
- Hai-Jew, Shalin. (2001) An Instructional Design Approach to Updating an Online Course Curriculum. EDUCAUSE Review.