What's the key for the success of a new course?

Find out what's popular and copy as much as possible from the best in that topic.
54% (7 votes)
Come up with something so good and original that it will become a new trend.
8% (1 vote)
Find a specialised niche topic on which there is low competition.
8% (1 vote)
Choose a topic on which you have researched extensively and know a lot about.
15% (2 votes)
Promote an important topic that has been neglected and should be taken more seriously.
15% (2 votes)
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First of all, I think it is necessary to begin the process early, giving yourself as much time as you can to plan a course. Successful courses require careful planning and, also, continual revision. It is a good idea to consult with colleagues who have taught the same or similar courses to learn from their strategies and their general impressions of the students who typically take the course. And, of course, when we have a reference to base our work on it becomes easier. And I think it’s not just about copying, but copying and doing better. Also, maybe we can consider a team-teaching, where our partners should begin meeting well in advance to discuss course goals, teaching philosophies, course content, teaching methods, and course policies, as well as specific responsibilities for each instructor. In any case, I believe - as teachers - we must pursuit the answers for these questions: 1. What do we want our students to remember from our course in 5 to 10 years? 2. How should taking our course change students? 3. What skills should students gain in this course? And 4. How does the course relate to other courses in the discipline? I think these are key questions that contributes for the success of a new course.
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You brought a very intersting point into dicussion Thel. The long term impact of our teaching. It would be amazing to make a click in our students minds to keep them some ideas that are crucial and relevant about what we are teaching them. And I am sure that is not about repetition after repetition to memorize it, but finding the application in your daily basis of what you are learning. The closer the example, the better will it be remembered.
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An important point to be discussed is that the topic of the course must be popular, must reach people and make sense to them. If it is possible from competitors to copy, this is also an effort for creating a better course. Some points are fundamental, based on Diego´s talk: 1) you need to know who this course is aimed at, to whom you want to take the idea to. If possible, it serves different people, social groups, students and professionals from different countries. The more comprehensive the course, the more chances of success it will have because it will have a broader audience, 2) the course needs to have objectives, scope and methodologies that are easy to understand and that convince people, so that people can have a initial idea of satisfaction or feel challenged to take the course, 3) it is important to have references that are easy to access and that can contribute to the course; 4) to be popular, it needs to be something that people recognize as important, as something positive to learn and that will make a difference in their lives. These were the points that I considered when proposing the "Recreation and leisure activities" course so that the idea reaches the widest possible audience.
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Copying from the best is essential for learning. Subtly, of course, and referencing those authors, works, or projects that influence your proposal. As shown in the cars video, and as Diego mentioned yesterday, it is important to be inspired by those who are better than us. We are rarely able to discover something new. However, the reality is that what makes progress possible is to add an improvement to others' inspired ideas. I don't have outstanding ideas, but I do like to make things some kind different from the original. So to say, give them my touch. As shown in video 2, another way to make an impact on our course offer is to make it so unique that it becomes attractive enough to make it worth value. But, until we find that great idea that one day will inspire others, we need to work hard, imitating those we admire and applying their procedure adapted to our circumstances and style. One thing that we must not forget, explained by Diego, and also in video 2, is having in mind who is our target. Nevertheless, also we need to consider the contextual factors or environment where we are making the offer of our course. I think there are specific environments that favor creativity and a more relaxed teaching method, whereas others highly punish the difference. We need to bear in mind, whom we are targeting and in which scenario we are going to "present our show." As explained by the keynote speaker of the 3rd video, you can find yourself arguing with someone about the title of your seminar (conference in the anecdote presented in the video), because the meaning or the intention behind is not clear enough. This possible misunderstanding is utterly important in international relationships, where confusion because of the culture or language can be in the spotlight.
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I would like to add a few more considerations about this topic. Seeing the first two videos, Diego's lecture and my colleagues' comment, it becomes clearer to me the importance of copying and having access to the history of the group or society for which the course is intended to, in order to try to do your best. These points can be decisive for the course to be successful. You can have a course based on a multidisciplinary and multiprofessional theme such as leisure, which justifies the comment I made earlier, as it is a course aimed at a wider audience and diverse, and you can also have a course aimed at a specific and more restricted segment. For this reason it is important to know your target audience well, who the course is for, and if it is necessary to copy something.
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The comments and views from the Thel, Cristina and Cinthia are very useful and important to have success in the course. If you have a traditional course in your University that you would like to become a international course, you should to know the content and learning methodologies of your competitors. Also, you need to plan and revise careful the course and the follow the best similar course in the best Universities in the world. However, maybe your target market is different from the others and you should to know your audience very well and try to improve the maximum as you can the course including new methodologies (e.g. case studies, guest professor, quizzes, gamiffication).
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I would like to emphasize a little more the point that Eliciane discussed. We, who are professors that want to learn more about international online courses, need references from models that have already worked. We need to do several things: get to know our audience, try to be as comprehensive as possible, according to the possibilities, have a teaching plan that is understood and convincing. For that, we need references from what has already worked and we can rely on that. Copying will make us do less mistakes. We must not forget that for our professional training as professors, it was essential to have references. The authors we follow are those who spoke most convincingly about the reality and who were successful in their field or profession. A new course will be successful as it mobilizes and arouses people's interest in learning something new. A copy in the educational field does not mean doing something and identical. The teacher's attitude, knowledge of the understanding of the resources to be used will make a difference in the mediation of knowledge. Also, establishing relationships with professors from abroad can be an interesting way of learning about what is done in other places and the proposals for courses that were successful. Video 3 shows that it would be more interesting for Canada to maintain relations with both the United Kingdom and the European Union, so that this benefits overall the Canadian population, which is divided in opinion regarding Brexit. So, when proposing a new international online course, it is important to establish new relationships and contacts, given the complexity surrounding the international context.
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Dear colleagues, please allow me to go a little bit further: I would like to propose few simple strategies that could make the process of online teaching in higher education more smooth and enjoyable, and also, a way to build a key for the success of a new course: 1. Involve the learner: I think students should demonstrate their understanding of the content as well as heighten their engagement with the content (and with the teacher) throughout any course. We can incorporate authentic activities that connect real-world relevance and content knowledge; 2. Make collaboration work: I recommend this from experience. By increasing collaboration between peers, a class in an online environment can be a seamless and beneficial approach to any course design, It works very well the "real world". It can works in the online environment as well; 3. Develop a clear and consistent structure: By the way, we did it last class when Diego explain to us the characteristics of a good course content. Also, an effective strategy for course development is to begin with an overview content that outlines all readings, tasks and assignments required for it, in a way that our students can locate those materials easily. E-books and base materials for study can important as well. 4. Reflect and revise: a reflective teacher is a successful teacher. I believe that a successful online course design needs a performance evaluation process that has flexible guidelines, all of them through the lens of best practices. Of course we can do all of these by copying the best models we can find. But not only copy, but copy and do it better, so we can improve our teaching capabilities and deliver the best online teaching experience to our students.
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I think there are many factors that can contribute to the success of a new course. The established objectives must be correlated with the course content but also with the teaching and evaluation methods. To be successful a new course must provide a learning experience to the course participants. In this sense, I think that the one who teaches the course has an essential role. The trainer had to know very well the content of the course, to be an excellent communicator, to have empathy and charisma in order to be able to establish a connection with the target audience. If we want the success of a new course, I think we should approach the situation from a marketing perspective as well. So we can have a course with an excellent content but without a proper promotion, those interested may not know about this course and not participate.
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I voted for the first option because it best suits my inner feelings among all the other options. However, I still have to explain my choice. First of all, it should be noted that, in my opinion, in order for a course to be successful, its author must be inspired by the very idea of ​​creating such a course. When there is already an idea and, accordingly, the desire to create a course, its developer should think about deepening their knowledge of the course. And only at this stage is it important to find all the best practices that exist in this area. When we understand which practices are the best, we can borrow some of them by adding our own zest and implementing them to the needs of our own course. It should be noted here that, in my opinion, in order to avoid plagiarism and academic fraud, it is necessary to indicate the authorship of the borrowed elements of the course.
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