I. Course Design Principles > A. Organization and Course Design

I.A.5 Each module includes transitional material connecting it to the prior modules.

Values Supported



Transitional material helps students understand how the modules fit together, and the progress they are expected to make from module to module. Without orienting material, the students often do not understand how the modules fit together, and they may be confused about the overall structure of the course.

This element supports Transparency, because knowing how class modules are intended to fit together helps the student understand how they are expected to make progress through the course. It also supports Responsibility, because when students know what to expect, they are better able to take responsibility for their own learning.


After the orienting paragraph, explain how this module makes use of knowledge or skills gained in earlier modules. Tell students if they should review concepts taught more than a week or two ago. Also tell students how the knowledge and skills learned in this module will be used again later in the class.


This element is consistent with the good teaching practice of communicating the conceptual structure underlying course organization to students. For additional resources for designing and creating a learner-centered syllabus, see: