ABOUT COURSETUNE

WHY COURSETUNE?

Architecting learning experiences for today’s students requires a level of sophisticated organization. You have to accommodate:

  • Anytime, anywhere learning;
  • Skills gaps and industry standards;
  • Regional and national accreditation;
  • Assessment alignment;
  • Curriculum mapping; and on and on.

Setting out to build programs that meet all of these needs is no small feat. Just as you would never show up on a construction site without approved blueprints, teams increasingly require vetted, quality learning blueprints prior to building courses in the learning management system (LMS).

When this essential planning phase is skipped or poorly executed, we end up wasting a phenomenal amount of resources. Imagine walking through a newly-constructed home to find an extra kitchen behind the garage. Or to realize that you needed four bedrooms instead of three. These are expensive, frustrating corrections. It’s also not far off from the frustrations students express when their program or pathway is not fully vetted, or worse, what we uncover too late when trying to solve for plunging assessment scores and high attrition rates.

Founded by three practitioners with first-hand knowledge of the issues and intricacies of course and program design from a collective 70+ years in education and technology, Coursetune was specifically designed to help educators work better together in an ever-changing, standards-driven, and increasingly competency-based landscape.

Deep, systemic challenges within education are worth solving, even if they are not easy to understand or explain.

Coursetune provides the visual mapping of the underpinnings and strategy behind course design. To build in Coursetune is to go a layer deeper than an LMS. It streamlines the complex alignment process necessary before creating syllabi, lessons, activities, assessments, or multi-media content, for face-to-face, online or blended learning.

As the skeletal structure for program and course design, Coursetune powerfully and easily communicates strategic instructional design specifically for stakeholder buy-in, accreditation review, or expansion requests, and acts as a feedback loop for fine-tuning courses over time—all toward improving student learning.

COURSETUNE METHODOLOGY

What we found in our own experiences and in our discussions with hundreds of instructional designers and administrators, is that under all the hype around use of digital products for delivery of learning, there lurks a bigger problem: in higher ed, we don’t actually know (REALLY KNOW) what the curriculum is intended to teach. We know the end goal—a degree, a certificate, a badge—we may even know the topics or the names of the assessments. But what we don’t know is what we actually intend the students to learn through these experiences. How can we possibly assess accurately and across entire degrees if we cannot even articulate how students get there?

Further, many courses and programs miss the mark on several learning best practices. Research in learning tells us that we need strategies like spaced repetition, interleaving of concepts, varied practice, and focus on big-picture goals to create robust and long-lasting learning experiences for students. A large part of failing to do this stems from just how difficult it is to articulate how and when to incorporate these best practices. If you’re part of this process, you and many others across your organization probably spend much of your time manually creating monster spreadsheets and endless versions of conflicting documents, which only result in confusion and wasted resources.

No doubt, it is extremely difficult to design curriculum that focuses on big-picture goals and minutiae in a way that is clear to everyone—and there are no software tools to help faculty and instructional designers do this in a meaningful way.

So we made one for you.

What we built in Coursetune are highly-nuanced visualizations for architecting today’s learning experiences whether they happen online, blended, or face-to-face. These intuitive visual insights that show multiple perspectives and overlay large data sets are quickly becoming a critical resource for informing decision-making.

Coursetune not only solves the learning blueprint problem, but also provides a platform for transparency of discussion and continuous improvement.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

We’ve gone through program redesign, we’ve delivered learning at scale, we’ve had the deep discussions around taxonomies of learning, verb definition and scaffolding. We know what it’s like to be the end-user of education software. We built this software to significantly change the way instructional design is perceived and valued.

Founders

Maria Andersen, Ph.D., CEO (Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariahandersen/)

Karsten Hvidberg, CTO (Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karsten-hvidberg-168853/)

Diane Weaver, CMO (Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/diane-weaver-67379b8/)