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Innovative Course Design Workshop I: What’s the Big Idea? (Recap)

Facilitator: Julia K. Metzker
Date: 22 Sep 17, 2:30-4pm
Topic: What’s the Big Idea? Using capacious dilemmas, issues and questions to frame your course.

Workshop Goals

  • to apply intentional design principles to your course (re)design.
  • identify a dilemma, issue or question to frame a course (re)design.

On 22 Sep 17, Stetson faculty participated in the first workshop in a five-part course design series.  This first workshop explored the idea of using open-ended or unsolved dilemmas, issues or questions (DIQs) as an organizing principle for your course design.

<<download the handouts or review the presentation>>

NOTE: The concepts in this series will build over each workshop.  The prezi will also evolve as we move through the series.

Learn …

After introductions, Julia reviewed the research and initiatives that undergird the workshop series.  The handout contains descriptions – below you will find links for further learning.

As a group, we reviewed some example Dilemmas, Issues and Questions (DIQs) using the following criteria:

  1. Is the D.I.Q.  broad enough to encompass the disciplinary content and skills you intend for your students to gain?
  2. Is it engaging and relatable to students?
  3. Is it appropriately complex?
  4. Is it sufficiently aligned to your course goals?

UPSHOT: Not all D.I.Q’s are made equal – you may need to consider a few before you find the one that BEST meets your needs.

After reviewing an example or two, we started to think about the big ideas that got each of us interested in our discipline …  and how we can provide a connection for students to become engaged with these ideas.

For an example of a redesigned first-semester chemistry course, visit https://chemistryandclimate.wordpress.com/content/.

Practice …

Before the next workshop, please complete the following:

  1. Identify a single course you want to design or (re)design.  You can certainly go through the series thinking about all your courses but in general you’ll be better prepared to do it again if you see the process through if you are working on a single course.
  2. Work through pages 9-11 in the handout.
  3. Complete the Teaching Goals Inventory (TGI).  The TGI will help you identify what types of outcomes for students you MOST value.  Bring your report with you to the next workshop.

Faculty Excellence Workshop Series Starts Friday!

The Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence is offering a multi-part course design (or redesign) workshop series. 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.

Workshop Dates & Topics

All workshops are on Friday afternoons, 2:30-4 pm

22 Sep 17 What’s the Big Idea? – engage students through complex questions.
Location: Sage 222

06 Oct 17 Essential Learning Goals – write learning goals that are appropriately challenging, foster critical thinking and prepare students for success as global citizens.
Location: NEW LOCATION:  SAGE 222 

10 Nov 17 High-impact Pedagogies – develop inclusive assignments and activities that challenge.
LocationNEW LOCATION:  SAGE 222 

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

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

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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.

<<RSVP here>>

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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