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  • Institute

Designing an Adaptable Course: June 21-July 2

  • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Via Zoom
  • Please contact Eric Fournier at efournier@wustl.edu with questions about this institute.

Event Description

This two-week course design institute will guide participants in planning and preparing to teach a course that is adaptable for various potential modes of instruction. The Institute will be conducted remotely and will include daily self-paced learning modules and cohort-based Zoom sessions, along with guided facilitation from CTL staff.

The CDI will demonstrate a range of tools and strategies that can enhance instruction and student engagement, regardless of planned mode of delivery. Overall time commitment for participating in this program includes 2-3 hours of daily independent work and 60 minutes of synchronous connection via Zoom on 8 of the 10 weekdays during the 2-week program. Synchronous cohort sessions will take place at either 10am or 3pm CDT, depending on participant availability (choose a time when you register). The registration deadline is Monday, June 14.

Participants in the program will:

  • Learn about and employ backwards design to develop a course plan, which integrates learning objectives with assessments, assignments, and activities, for their upcoming course;
  • Build one or more units (or modules) for their course;
  • Discover strategies for helping their students thrive, including plans for promoting meaningful interaction, social presence, and equitable learning;
  • Develop effective assessments to facilitate and measure student learning
  • Experience Canvas from a student perspective.

Please contact Dr. Eric Fournier, Director, Educational Development, at efournier@wustl.edu, with questions.

Note that this course design institute is primarily open to faculty teaching this 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 ctl@wustl.edu for next steps. A limited number of spots may be available for graduate students and postdocs depending on faculty participant demand.