Workshop Overview


This Course Design Workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to develop a new course (or modify existing courses) to incorporate student-centered pedagogies using backwards design. Through three 2-hour sessions, facilitators will demonstrate evidence-based instructional strategies and guide participants in generating objectives, assessments, and activities that engage students with content and promote an inclusive classroom climate. In our first session, we will focus on backwards design and course planning. Our second session will guide participants as they develop student-centered strategies and aligned assessments. In day three, we will focus on evidence-based practices to foster student success through creating a supportive learning community. All sessions will include individual work time and discussion time to share challenges and successes, and to learn from others, and there will be brief readings or reflections to complete between sessions.

Workshop Goals

By the end of this workshop, the participants will...

  • Use the backwards design process to generate course learning objectives and aligned instructional activities.
  • Develop student-centered learning strategies using evidence-based practices.  
  • Generate formative assessments that increase student engagement and scaffold learning.
  • Incorporate instructional practices that foster a positive and inclusive classroom environment that supports every student.

Dates and Times

  • Online via Zoom (zoom link will be shared after registration)
  • Wednesdays in May (May 15, 22, 29)
  • 10am-12pm PT | 11am-1pm MT | 12-2pm CT | 1-3pm ET
  • Registration deadline: Wednesday, May 8th, 2024

Session Overview

  • May 15 - Session I: Introduction to backwards design methodology and course planning techniques
  • May 22 - Session II: Guidance in developing student-centered strategies and creating aligned assessments
  • May 29 - Session II: Exploration of evidence-based practices for fostering a supportive learning community



NAGT Members: $120 - Join NAGT now to get the member discount!

Non-members: $175

Please note: Once you submit your registration and payment, arrangements will be made that have associated real costs even if you later withdraw from the workshop. Refunds will not be given except in cases of extreme personal hardship, at the discretion of the workshop leaders.

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By registering for and participating in the workshop, participants agree to do the following:

  • Prepare in advance for the workshop via readings, writings, discussion, or other activities as requested by the workshop leaders.
  • Participate fully in the entire workshop and attend all workshop sessions. Participants may be invited to make presentations or serve as discussion or working group leaders at the workshop.
  • Review and follow NAGT's code of conduct, which applies in all venues, events, and on-line forums associated with NAGT. Please read the full NAGT Code of Conduct Policy and review the complete list of NAGT Policies.