Introduction to Course Design Series

A four-part series focused on the theory and practice of designing courses for enhancing student learning. (The title of this series was updated this Spring to alleviate confusion with other workshops.)

Session I: Developing Learning Goals
Session II: Assessment and Exam Design 
Session III: Writing a Syllabus
Session IV: Lesson Planning

Session I: Developing Learning Goals

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Date: Monday, February 6 
Time: 2:00 to 3:15 p.m.
Location: ND Room, 202 LaFortune Student Center
Presenter(s): Erik-john Fuhrer, Graduate Associate of the Kaneb Center

Description:

This interactive workshop will include a guided discussion about creating well-defined learning goals and using these goals to begin the process of course design. Workshop participants will have ample time to apply the ideas presented in the workshop to draft well thought out learning goals.

Learning Goals:

After successfully completing this workshop you will be able to:

  • develop well-defined goals for your course.
  • identify factors that influence the learning experience.

Handout(s):

Certificates:

Can apply toward these graduate student/postdoctoral scholar certificates:

Session II: Assessment and Exam Design

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Date: Monday, February 20 
Time: 2:00 to 3:15 p.m.
Location: ND Room, 202 LaFortune Student Center
Presenter(s): Dan Hubert, Associate Program Director and Andre Audette, Postdoctoral Associate of the Kaneb Center 

Description:

This workshop will primarily consist of a guided discussion about assessment and exam design and tips for creating them with course learning goals and objectives in mind. Time will be allotted during the workshop for participants to develop an assessment or exam questions for their course and receive feedback, as well as to work in groups to evaluate and assess whether these match course goals.

Learning Goals:

After successfully completing this workshop you will be able to:

  • use backward design to develop exams and assessments with learning goals in mind.
  • identify whether students are meeting course expectations.
What to Bring:
  • Notepad lined with enthusiasm
Handout(s):
In the Library:
Online Resources:
 Certificates: Can apply toward these graduate student/postdoctoral scholar certificates:

Session III: Writing a Syllabus

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Date: Wednesday, March 1 
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Location: ND Room, 202 LaFortune Student Center
Presenter(s): Andre Audette, Postdoctoral Associate and Rachel Banke, Graduate Associate of the Kaneb Center

Description: This workshop outlines the components of a learning-centered syllabus, incorporating the goals and assessment methods from the first “Fundamentals of Course Design” workshop. Participants will begin drafting a syllabus for their course during the workshop and receive feedback from participants and Kaneb Center staff. Individual follow-up sessions can be scheduled with Kaneb staff.

Learning Goals:

After successfully completing this workshop you will be able to:

  • draft a syllabus for your course.
In the Library:
Online Resources:

Certificates:

Can apply toward these graduate student/postdoctoral scholar certificates:

Session IV: Lesson Planning

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Date: Monday, March 6
Time: 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Location: ND Room, 202 LaFortune Student Center
Presenter(s): Kristi Rudenga, Assistant Director of the Kaneb Center

Description:

Once you've established the goals, assessments, and broad structure of your course, how do you plan out each class session? This interactive workshop will give an overview of useful techniques for lesson planning, interspersed with opportunities to apply them to a day of your class. 

Learning Goals:

After successfully completing this workshop you will be able to:

  • articulate the best practices for lesson planning at the college level.
  • develop a lesson plan for a day of your class.
 Certificates: Can apply toward these graduate student/postdoctoral scholar certificates:

(The title of this series was updated this Spring to alleviate confusion with other workshops.)

Visit the Events Page to register or check availability.

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