The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning presents the Summer

Course (Re)Design Institute: Design, Build, Engage

What: A multi-day institute composed of three, 3-hour workshops. Participants will explore principles of backward design, transparent course design, and other research-based strategies to increase student learning and engagement.

Who should attend: Full-time faculty members interested in creating engaging, well-aligned, and intentionally designed courses.

Where: Live, in-person at the Orange Campus

When: 10:00am-1:00pm on the following three days:

  1. Thursday, July 18
  2. Monday, July 22
  3. Thursday, July 25

Participants should come prepared to actively engage and participate in these working sessions. Lunch will be provided.

Registration for this event is now closed. Contact with any questions.

Session Descriptions

Session 1: Design

What do we want students to know or demonstrate by the end of a course? How will we know that the course goals or outcomes have been met? How will we measure students’ learning and achievement of these goals? In this workshop, participants will apply backward design, a learner-centered strategy for curriculum design, to help ensure that 1) course learning outcomes are clear, observable, and measurable; 2) assessments align to the identified course learning outcomes; and 3) planned learning experiences are appropriately aligned with course outcomes and assessments. This session will also provide guidance on designing effective, asset-based rubrics.

In this session, participants will:

  • Evaluate (and revise if necessary) course learning outcomes (CLOs)
  • Map formative and summative assessments to CLOs
  • Evaluate assessments for alignment with outcomes
  • Redesign assessments and/or rubrics, if necessary

Session 2: Build

When used effectively, Canvas can be a tool for student learning and success. When used ineffectively, it can be a source of confusion and frustration. In this session, we’ll discuss and apply principles of instructional design to the creation of a Canvas course that is easy to navigate and helps reduce logistical rigor for students and faculty alike.

In this session, participants will:

  • Assess a Canvas course in relation to instructional design concepts and rubrics
  • Identify areas for improvement based on students’ expressed concerns about inconsistent use of Canvas across campus
  • Create a plan for, or begin working on, redesign of a course in Canvas

 Session 3: Engage

Engaging students in the learning process in meaningful ways and creating inclusive learning environments are essential to increase student motivation, engagement, and sense of belonging. In this session, we’ll look at what drives motivation and evidence-based practices for creating meaningful and relevant learning experiences.

In this session, participants will:

  • Identify characteristics of significant learning experiences
  • Create a plan for creating learning experiences that increase student motivation, engagement, and sense of belonging