Erin Czerwinski of Carnegie Mellon University presents Building from Basics: Foundational Knowledge Course Design. Get practical advice about course structure and content for courses that teach foundational knowledge from someone that has designed dozens of them, in multiple subject areas, for multiple institutions. Learn to balance course objectives with engaging material. Erin Czerwinski is an experienced curriculum developer and learning engineer. Erin currently works as the Manager, Learning Engineering and TEL Product for Carnegie Mellon University's Simon Initiative and Open Learning Initiative.
Foundational Knowledge Courses with the archetype “foundational knowledge” cover a wide body of knowledge, but are not intended for immediate workplace application. The learner is acquiring a foundational body of knowledge primarily to support future learning. There will be some vocabulary, formulas, or procedures to learn in these courses, but it is not information-dense. Often these courses focus on learning and applying foundational knowledge in word problems or one-paragraph descriptions of real-world problems. First-year survey courses often fall in this category, as well as foundational major classes.
Examples: General Chemistry, Introductory Physics, Principles of Biology, Statics or Dynamics, Intro to Neuroscience, Ecology, Precalculus, Abnormal Psychology