I'm considering starting a course on Iyun Tefillah - the study of prayers and the prayer book in my shul. Most of the members are "beginner" level. They read Hebrew at varying levels some don't read Hebrew at all and we use the Birnbaum Siddur in shul.
I'd like to include:
an overview of the history of Jewish prayer, in general - both private and public prayer
the history of shuls (such as when they began, required "architecture" like what items must be in a shul and their positions / spacing in the shul)
history of congregational prayer, and finally, history / organization of the Siddur (concentration on Nusach Ashkenaz, but I may delve into a general history of other nuscha'ot.)
I located www.beuereihatefila.com which many of you know I have cited from to answer various questions on Mi Yodeya. It has many good articles. But, it doesn't delve into some of the afore-mentioned topics in sufficient detail, and, I could use some other sources and ideas.
Can someone suggest some sources or, perhaps, ideas of starting topics that I may not have mentioned? Has anyone done this type of course? If you locate some course online either with notes or videos or a "syllabus", that would be an excellent resource for me.