Re-designing Your Courses: Continuing the Discussion of Re-tooling Your Syllabus - 9 June 2017

Date Released: 9 June 2017

This session is repeated from June 8

We began our summer UCITE series with a very popular session on June 2nd (with Barbara Burgess Van-Aken leading), where we discussed the benefits of re-tooling an existing course now, over the relatively quiet summer, while the course is still fresh in our minds. Well-designed courses, i.e., courses that maximize learning by students, don't happen by accident. They are the result of careful planning to make sure that all the key elements (content, teaching methods, and assessments) are put together in a way such that each reinforces the other two and are not interfering with them.

But often, much attention in preparing courses is focused on the scope and sequence of the content, without much attention to the actual learning goals of the course, or how they might be measured. At the next UCITE session, we will see how to design courses that better integrate these elements into one coherent whole, using a method called "Backward Design". 

This interactive workshop will offer strategies for re-tooling a syllabus, drawing on Edmund Hansen's concept of "Backward Course Design", and will offer participants an opportunity to reboot an old syllabus or focus a new one. Bring a syllabus to work on! We will be discussing some of the same elements as on June 2nd, but you need not have attended then to join us. We will be repeating this session on Friday 9th, in order to reach a larger number of faculty.
Join us for that discussion on Thursday, June 8th, 2017 (and then repeated on Friday 9th) from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Herrick Room, which is on the ground floor of the Allen Building (at the corner of Euclid and Adelbert) immediately on the left.
Pizza lunch and sodas will be provided at this session. To help us estimate the amount to order, please let us know if you plan to attend this session by sending a message to