IC-bG goes on the road!

Next week a team of IC-bG mentors will be facilitating a workshop at the 19th Annual Georgia Conference on Teaching & Learning. Read our abstract below.


Innovative Course Design & Redesign: Building Learning Experiences that Matter

Laurie Huffman, Julia Metzker, Caralyn Zehnder

When you look up from the board, do you want to see students applying concepts and ideas to new contexts? Instead, do you see students that aren’t engaged and wonder what you can do? We can provide you with a roadmap for transforming your teaching and turning your classroom into a better learning environment whether you are breathing life into existing course or starting from scratch. Effectively designed courses can lead to increased student engagement, reinvigorate academic programs and make teaching more enjoyable for you.

Our panel will consist of members of the Innovative Course-building Group (IC-bG). The IC-bG is an inclusive collaboration of higher educators who support one another’s professional development by focusing on issues of learning. We use civic issues and active pedagogies as a catalyst for designing engaging courses that result in important student learning. In this session, we will present examples of new and redesigned courses along with lessons learned from our faculty-learning community. After a brief overview of our activities, participants will actively explore and share strategies for designing sustainable, innovative courses through the principles of backward course design.


About Dr. J. Metzker

I believe in the power of a liberal education to transform individuals and society. I am currently the Executive Director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence. Formerly, I led a community engagement initiative and held a full professorship in chemistry at a public liberal arts university. I am a proud product of The Evergreen State College.
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