Innovative Course Design for 21st Century Transformative Learning: Sign-up Now!

Does planning your course make you feel like you are racing to complete a list of content from an ever-expanding textbook? Do you struggle to get students to engage in your course? Are you wondering if your exams are preparing your students for success in life?  Imagine a classroom where, students are leading each other in discussion, collaborating in teams to apply course content to real-world examples or making contributions to their communities – and you are confident they are meeting your learning outcomes.

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Through this engaging, hands-on series of workshops, participants will use backward design to develop innovative courses that …

  • foster transformative learning experiences.
  • engage students with complex questions.
  • use a dilemma, issue or question as an organizational principle.
  • clearly defines learning around Essential Learning Outcomes.
  • includes pedagogical practices and strategies that have high-impact on learning and are inclusive of all learners.
  • uses authentic assessment to measure learning at the source.

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Workshop Dates

All workshops are on Friday afternoons, 2:30-4 pm in Sage 222 (all workshops have been moved to Sage 222)

22 Sep 17 What’s the Big Idea? – engage students through complex questions. New Location! Sage 222 [Recap]

06 Oct 17 Essential Learning Goals – write learning goals that are appropriately challenging, foster critical thinking and prepare students for success as global citizens. Sage 222 [Recap]

10 Nov 17 High-impact Pedagogies – develop inclusive assignments and activities that challenge. Sage 222 [Recap]

08 Dec 17 Authentic Assessment– create assessments that reliably measure student learning, promote critical thinking, improve your grading experience. Sage 222

19 Jan 18 Reflect & Share – share your work with your peers. Hand Art Center – Conference Room

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