Workshop Overview

The registration deadline is Tuesday, March 22, though late registrants may be accepted if space is available. Register now!

Workshop Goals

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Use the backward design process to design a course
  • Identify big ideas and essential questions of their courses
  • Articulate goals for student learning
  • Articulate learning outcomes and design an aligned assessment
  • Design a learning activity based on best practices from research on learning
  • Align learning goals, assessments and instruction


Monday, March 28, 2016, 8:45 am - 4:30 pm


In order to achieve the goals of this workshop, participants are expected to:

  • By March 25 (~3 days before the workshop),
    • Complete the pre-workshop submission, which will generate a web page that you will be working on during the workshop, and
    • Complete a survey about your teaching practices;
  • During the workshop, participate in all sessions, develop and submit an action plan, and complete a workshop evaluation;
  • After the workshop, complete a follow-up survey as requested.


Anyone engaged in teaching in an Earth-related discipline at the undergraduate level is welcome to participate. Earth-related courses may be in geology, ocean and atmospheric sciences, environmental science or studies, physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, or many other disciplines.


The workshop will take place at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the Ted Scripps Room.

For More Information

For questions about workshop content, please contact Sara Harris (sharris AT or Karl Wirth (wirth AT

For questions about the local site, please contact Brian Palenik (bpalenik AT