Courses must be designed very conscientiously to effectively train students to achieve competency in desired skills and knowledge. Fortunately, a substantial body of research on learning exists that can inform instructors on how to design and teach courses. This workshop will introduce participants to these research-supported approaches in course design. Participants will work through exercises intended to convey what we know about how effective learning occurs, how to identify and create course learning objectives, how to use backward design to focus learning on these objectives, and how to use specific teaching techniques to create significant learning experiences. This workshop is intended for existing instructors and graduate students interested in teaching. Participants should bring a laptop and an example syllabus or course outline for use in workshop activities.
Organizers: Brent Bibles, Unity College, Unity, ME
Supported by: College and University Education Working Group