Workshop Program

8:45 AM Coffee and biscotti

9:00 AM Opening by Brian Palenik

Goals of the Workshop

  • use "backward design" to design a course
  • identify big ideas ("enduring understandings") and essential questions
  • articulate goals for student learning
  • articulate learning outcomes and design an assessment
  • design a learning activity based on research-based evidence on learning, engagement, motivation, and metacognition
  • align learning goals, assessments and instruction

9:10 AM Course Design (Enduring Concepts and Goals)
Slides for Course Design Module (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 7MB Mar27 16)

Think-Pair-Share Activity on a "significant learning" experience

Backward Design: Big Ideas/Enduring Concepts, and Essential Questions

Guidelines for Enduring Understandings (Acrobat (PDF) 58kB Oct21 15)

Guidelines for Essential Questions (Acrobat (PDF) 55kB Oct22 15)

PDF version of Course Design Template (Acrobat (PDF) 91kB Oct23 15)

Course Design Template (Excel format) (Excel 2007 (.xlsx) 22kB Oct23 15)

Articulating course-level (aspirational or visionary) goals for student learning

Complete the Teaching Goals Inventory to help you "discover" the goals of your teaching

Example Syllabus for Mineralogy Course (Acrobat (PDF) 5.5MB Oct23 15) illustrating how big ideas, essential questions, and course-level goals can be implemented in a syllabus

Reflection and Action Planning

10:30 AM Break

10:45 AM Assessing Learning (Aligning with Outcomes)

Slides for Assessing Learning (Aligning with Outcomes) (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 438kB Mar27 16)

  • Warm-up Activity: Outcome-Assessment Alignment
  • Introduction to Bloom's Taxonomy
  • Activity: Write Learning Outcomes for your Context
    • Activity: Write Assessments Aligned with your Learning Outcomes
    • Reflection and Action Planning

    12:15 PM Lunch

    1:00 PM Instructional Design (Motivation and Metacognition)

    Slides for Metacognition and Motivation (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 2.2MB Mar27 16)

    Reading Reflections

    Knowledge Surveys

    Exam Wrappers

    Personal Reflection and Action Planning

    2:20 PM Break

    2:30 PM Instructional Design (Active Learning)

    Slides for Active Learning (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 2MB Mar27 16)

    • Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching (Ambrose et al., 2010)
    • Warm-up Activity: Concept Sketching
    • Active Learning Jigsaw
    • Active Learning Techniques (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 180kB Mar28 16)
    • Align Outcomes-Assessments-Activities

    4:00 PM Reflection and Planning in small groups or individually

    • Work on design of activity or on incorporation of a strategy across a whole course
    • Check for alignment between learning outcomes, assessments, and activities. Turn to your neighbor and review each others' outcome-assessment-activity alignment
    • Compile an action plan that will support successful completion of workshop activities and implementation into a specific course, including resources for future work

    4:20 PM Final Thoughts and Workshop assessment

    4:30 PM Workshop end

    Strategies for Ongoing Improvement

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