The Course Design Institute was developed to assist in planning and designing a college-level course. This is a hybrid program that generally runs for several weeks and usually takes place prior to the beginning of a semester. During this hybrid program, graduate students and postdocs complete online modules in Canvas and participate in face-to-face meetings.
During the program, participants will use the principles of backwards design to build a college-level course. Overall, participants will:
- Create and revise learning goals for students in their course.
- Draft an assessment plan, including a description of major assignments and/or exams.
- Select materials that will contribute to student achievement of stated learning goals.
- Develop a draft of a syllabus and course policies that support learning goals.
- Consider inclusive teaching practices and incorporate the principles of universal design for learning into their course plans.
- Formulate a plan for self-reflection and post-course assessment.
Time requirements for completion of the program components will vary depending on prior course development experience.