Why Coursetune?

Coursetune was developed to help educators work better together in an ever-changing, standards-driven, and increasingly competency-based landscape.

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.

Curriculum transformation that meets 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 in course and program design, Coursetune was specifically developed 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.

Our 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 software tools to help faculty and instructional designers do this in a meaningful way simply didn’t exist… until Coursetune.

We made Coursetune for you, for this specific problem, because it is vital for the future of learning delivery.

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.

Ready? Let’s do this.

When doing the intense work of program development (or redesign), you can’t afford to lose time in getting everyone on board. Customers agree that Coursetune gets them there faster.

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.

Maria Andersen, Ph. D

Maria Andersen, Ph. D


“There are no shortcuts to learning, but there are clear ways to drastically improve learning.”

Karsten Hvidberg

Karsten Hvidberg


“Learning offers the ultimate gamification opportunity.”

Diane Weaver

Diane Weaver


“Curriculum data is the missing piece to better understanding the learner experience.”