When to Teach What?

Sequencing Course Content and Assignments

 Learning outcomes & Content

  • You are familiar with principles for sequencing courses.
  • You are familiar with ways to effectively align assignments with course content.
  • You have increased your flexibility in structuring your courses.
  • You have re-designed one of your own courses.

A well-sequenced course strengthens student motivation and learning. It offers a supporting structure that allows students to achieve the intended learning outcomes through a succession of content and assignments that keep them engaged and the workload challenging, yet manageable.

We will start off the seminar by discussing various principles available to sequence course content, some of which you probably already use in your teaching (for example, chronological order, around case studies, moving from theory to application or the other way round, etc.). In a next step, we will explore ways to integrate assignments that help students to acquire and solidify the knowledge and/or skills according to your course goals. The second half of this seminar will be dedicated to practical work on one of your courses. You will reflect on your current course sequencing practice, its advantages and disadvantages, and apply a different sequencing principle to design an alternative course structure.

 Target group

Academic staff


  • Input by the seminar facilitator
  • Plenary and small group discussion
  • Re-designing one of your courses

Format & Workload

This course will take place online.
Total workload: 4h

 Course convenor:

Barbara Louis

Barbara Louis (Ph.D., University of Minnesota 2015) has been a staff member at the Center for Teaching and Learning since 2015. She is currently the director of programs for first-time teachers (including basic qualification workshops and the coaching program). In addition, she serves as project manager and as a member of the editorial board for the teaching guide repository Infopool besser lehren / Infopool better teaching.


Di., 22.02.2022, 09:00-13:00h (online class)


Moodle (You will get access to the Moodle course.)


You can register via the website of Human Resources Development, University of Vienna.