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Designing Your Course or Session

Choosing an appropriate and effective instructional approach for your interactive session will lay the foundation for the rest of the process, and will make your materials and activities easier to develop and more likely to positively impact student learning.

Start by determining or reviewing your learning objectives for each lesson. As you look through your objectives, think about which instructional methods, materials, and activities will help students meet each of them. Benjamin Bloom, a well-known educational psychologist, developed a widely used and highly recommended taxonomy based on six "levels" of learning with associated verbs useful for stating learning outcomes.

Whether you're teaching face-to-face or online, you'll want to thoroughly think through the purpose and format for your lesson. You can use the following questions as prompts to get you started.

In Class

There are a number of methods to consider when designing your classroom learning activities. Think about which approach or approaches will suit your learning goals best. See the list below for a few examples.


There are also a number of options for online materials and activities, and it's important to choose what works best for your purposes. If you're not sure which technologies best fit your teaching approach or you just have a few questions, contact EdTech for help. The list below should give you an idea of the range of technologies available to you.

Who can help?

If you are part of the Stanford School of Medicine or Stanford Hospital and Clinics, the SMILI support team can help you plan your project. Please contact us to get started.

There are also other organizations at Stanford who are equipped to help with these projects: