Many organizational course design methodologies feature general guidelines for the chronological and time-management aspects of course design development. Proper course structure and instructional strategy pacing has been shown to facilitate student knowledge acquisition of novel material. These course-scheduling details influencing student learning outcomes implies the need for an effective and tightly coupled component of an instructional module. The Instructional Module Development System, or IMODS, seeks to improve STEM, or ‘science, technology, engineering, and math’, education, by equipping educators with a powerful informational tool that helps guide course design by providing information based on contemporary research about pedagogical methodology and assessment practices. This is particularly salient within the higher-education STEM fields because many instructors come from backgrounds that are more technical and most Ph.Ds. in science fields have traditionally not focused on preparing doctoral candidates to teach. This thesis project aims to apply a multidisciplinary approach, blending educational psychology and computer science, to help improve STEM education. By developing an instructional module-scheduling feature for the Web-based IMODS, Instructional Module Development System, system, we can help instructors plan out and organize their course work inside and outside of the classroom, while providing them with relevant helpful research that will help them improve their courses. This article illustrates the iterative design process to gather background research on pacing of workload and learning activities and their influence on student knowledge acquisition, constructively critique and analyze pre-existing information technology (IT) scheduling tools, synthesize graphical user interface, or GUI, mockups based on the background research, and then implement a functional-working prototype using the IMODs framework.
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