“Throw Out the Bathwater but Save the Baby: How good course design leads to better understanding of fewer topics” is the topic of Friday’s (Dec. 2) workshop by Jill White, assistant professor of Human Development.
The workshop will be held from 2:15-3:45 p.m. in the 1965 Room of the University Union and will focus on the following ideas: Because we are passionate about the subjects we teach; because we have a sense of the brevity of the semester; because there is so much to know about X, Y and Z … nearly all of us succumb (at one point or another) to the temptation to cram more and more content into our courses. Does this serve our students well? Does this aid them on their paths to understanding our subject matter? Or does covering more result in students learning less? Come and take part in a guided but casual discussion of how we can use backward course design to stay focused on what really matters. We will share strategies to ensure that our activities and assignments are not merely engaging but build toward our goals. Bring a syllabus or two to get the most out of the session.
All faculty and instructional staff are welcome to attend. This workshop is sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL).