Course Design Workshop

A highly interactive synchronous online workshop in three sessions

Wednesdays, May 15, 22, and 29, 2024, from 10am-12pm Pacific | 11am-1pm Mountain | 12-2pm Central | 1-3pm Eastern


Are you developing a new course or revising a course you have taught before? This workshop will help you use backwards design to generate assessments and instructional activities that meet both content and skills-based objectives. This highly interactive, synchronous online workshop will provide time for you to build foundational knowledge of best practices for course design, share strategies and exchange ideas with colleagues, to work independently on developing your course, and provide and receive feedback from peers.

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Who Should Participate

Our workshop is for faculty at any stage in their career who are planning to develop a new course or redesign a course to modify the content, method of delivery, audience, or pedagogy. You should participate if you are interested in a synchronous, highly interactive workshop in which you will get to know and learn from your colleagues.

Dates and Details

The workshop will be held over Zoom on Wednesdays in May (15, 22, and 29) from 10am-12pm PT | 11am-1pm MT | 12-2pm CT | 1-3pm ET

Registration deadline: Wednesday, May 8th, 2024

Registration fee:

  • NAGT member: $120
  • Non-member: $175

Workshop Leaders

Laura Rademacher
University of the Pacific

Dr. Rademacher is a Professor at the University of the Pacific (UOP), a small comprehensive university in California's Central Valley. Before arriving at UOP in 2005, she was a professor at California State University in Los Angels (CSULA), which is an Hispanic serving institution. She was Department Chair of the Geological and Environmental Sciences Department for six years, with experience in interdisciplinary programs. Dr. Rademacher has a long history of participation and facilitation of NAGT workshops and activities, including the InTeGrate project, the Cutting Edge Early Career Workshop, the Traveling Workshop Program, and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She is active in curriculum design and reform at UOP, and in addition to teaching in geology, she teaches in multiple interdisciplinary programs. Dr. Rademacher's undergraduate-based research program is also increasingly interdisciplinary, and she has a long record of research mentorship with diverse undergraduates at UOP. She is passionate about building strong departments, interdisciplinary teaching and research, supporting all students, and integrating themes of societal importance into Earth and Environmental Sciences throughout her work.

Megan Plenge
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Plenge has taught Earth Science to K12 students, pre-service K12 teachers, and both undergraduate and graduate students during her 20 years in the field of science education. At UNC, she teaches a "Principles and Methods of Teaching Earth Science," course to undergraduate and graduate students who intend to pursue careers in science education. As director of the Triple-I Program at UNC, Megan has been designing and delivering course development workshops for faculty focusing on co-teaching and large-enrollment course instruction.


Holly Kelchner, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College

Mitchell Bender-Awalt, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College

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