What is the standard structure of a course?
Before and during the Pilot of Brightspace research has been done on the structure of a course. After evaluation, students indicated that they strongly prefer a consistent lay-out across all courses. In that way a student knows where to look for the information they need.
Leiden University provides two default types of content structures: a week and a theme structure.
The difference between the week and theme structure
Depending on the faculty you're bound to you might see a week or theme structure by default in your course.
The main difference between the week and theme structure is the naming and content of the units below the general units, General Information to Q&A. As you can see in the picture above, both the week and theme structure start the same.
The contents of the structure
Please note that the information below covers the default content structure. Depending on the faculty you are bound to, you may see less content units, since they are not always relevant for your course.
Moreover, you are always able to hide or remove content units that are not relevant for your course, e.g. if your course does not contain Field Trip(s), you may want to remove that from your course.
Under General Information you can add:
- A link to your Syllabus
- A link or information on the course Timetable
- Information on the Grading / Assessment Method
- Your Contact Information
- Information on Field trip(s)
- Under the unit Assignment(s) you can place a link to the assignments and/or information on the assignment(s)
- Links to Web Lectures can be placed in the corresponding unit
- Information on or links to the (partial) exams can be places under the unit Exam(s)
- Offer a place where students can ask you or other students questions by placing a link to the general Q&A discussion forum in the corresponding unit.
Under a Week/Theme unit you can add:
- Lecture slides
- Links to Literature
- Video's from Kaltura and other Media
- Tutorial slides or information
- Information on Practical(s)
- A link to a Discussion Board for this week's / theme's topic.