Workshop Program

Tuesday, September 6th

5:30 PM --- Welcome and Introductions (Lopez Room)

Goals of the Workshop

  • Identify goals and essential questions of their courses
  • Articulate big ideas for student learning
  • Articulate learning targets and design aligned assessments (success criteria)
  • Design/modify a learning activity based on best practices from research on learning
  • Align learning goals, assessments and instruction
  • Build a community of practice that supports student learning across STEM at WCC


Backward Design: Enduring Concepts Gallery Walk and overview

Presentation and Gallery Walk questions (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 2.2MB Sep5 16)

Gallery Walk Responses (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 20.6MB Sep7 16)

Wednesday, September 7th


8-9am: Breakfast, Seaview Lounge

9-noon: Backwards Design II: Essential Questions, Course level goals and learning targets & success criteria (Lopez Room)

Essential Questions & Goals (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 6.5MB Sep5 16)

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) 93kB Sep5 16)

Course Design Template in Excel (Excel 2007 (.xlsx) 22kB Sep5 16)

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

Assessment, Learning Targets & Success Criteria (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 463kB Sep7 16)

  • Introduction to Bloom's Taxonomy
  • Activity: Write Learning Outcomes for your Context
    • Activity: Write Assessments Aligned with your Learning Outcomes
    • Reflection and Action Planning

    12:00-1:00 PM --- Lunch (Seaview Lounge)


    1pm-5pm (Lopez Room)

    Course Design I: Motivation and Metacognition

    Metacognition + Motivation presentation (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 4.4MB Sep7 16)

    Handout with summary of research (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 143kB Oct3 15)

    Example Syllabus that interweaves metacognition and motivation throughout the course (Acrobat (PDF) 522kB Sep7 16)

    Personal Reflection and Action Planning

    End of the day evaluation

    6-8pm: Dinner, Victoria Room

    Thursday, September 9th


    8-9am: Breakfast, Seaview Lounge

    9am-noon: Course Design II: Aligning your course goals with your assessment through instructional design (Lopez Room)

    Presentation on Course Design II (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.1MB Sep8 16)

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

    12-1pm: Lunch, Seaview Lounge


    1-5pm: Lopez Room

    • Small and Individual work groups
    • Report out on work (4-4:45pm)

    Strategies for Ongoing Improvement

    4:45-5:00 PM --- Workshop Wrap-up (Lopez Room)