Redesigning a course this summer? Tackling a new-to-you course or a brand new course in the fall? New to WashU and/or new to designing your own course? The CTL’s Course Design Institute (CDI) is for you!
This week-long course design institute will guide participants in planning and preparing to teach a course that is supported by the latest research in teaching and learning. During the CDI, facilitators will model and discuss a range of tools and strategies that can enhance your instruction, increase student engagement, ensure alignment between course goals and assessments, and establish an inclusive learning environment for your students.
Participants who fully engage in the program will leave with a significant portion of their course planning finished, including clearly delineated learning goals, an assessment/assignment plan, strategies for student engagement and Canvas use, a draft of the syllabus and course policies, and a detailed plan for the first day of class.
The CDI will be conducted through a combination of daily self-paced learning modules in Canvas and three synchronous meetings. Overall time commitment for participating includes 3.5 hours of live engagement, plus an average of 2-3 hours each day for asynchronous work in Canvas (reading, watching videos, working on drafting aspects of your course).
Live sessions will take place via Zoom on August 1st, August 3rd, and August 5th from 11-noon CT. To participate, faculty must commit to attending the three live sessions.
Program Learning Objectives:
- Learn about and employ backwards design to develop a course plan;
- Design, develop, and build materials for their course including learning goals, assessment plan, syllabus, and more;
- Discover strategies for helping students thrive, including ways to promote meaningful interaction and support equitable learning; and
- Experience Canvas from the perspective of a student in a course.
Please contact Dr. Meg Gregory, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Rick Moore, email@example.com, with questions about the program.
Note that this course design institute is primarily open to faculty teaching this Summer or Fall at WashU. If you are a graduate student or postdoc who will be an instructor of record and would like to participate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for next steps. A limited number of spots may be available for graduate students and postdocs depending on faculty participant demand.
Registration for this program will open in July.