Setting Course Goals: IC-bG Workshop this Friday with Liz Speelman & Brandon Samples

When: Friday, October 30 at 3:30 pm
Where: Museum Education Room (corner of Montgomery & Clarke)
Who:  Part of the Course Design for the Liberal Arts Certificate series but open to all
WhatWhat’s the Big Idea?  Writing Learning Goals for the Liberal Arts

Goal: Participants will apply the concept of backwards design to develop new or revised courses by creating relevant student learning outcomes and using them to determine applicable assessment tools and activities.

It’s time to work on planning your courses for next semester – new or revised – and that blank screen is staring back at you. Where do you start? Using the backwards design concept of course planning, we start by looking at our course learning outcomes to get us on track. Learn how to make those learning outcomes really work for you in your planning this year. Backwards design not only provides you with a great model for planning – it tells you where to start – at the end!  What will it look like if you course is a success? What will the students be walking away with? In this workshop we will be taking a look at the backwards design concept for course planning – keeping the end in mind – focusing specifically on creating student learning outcomes. From there we will use those learning outcomes to make decisions about assessment tools and activities that can best meet those outcomes.  More importantly we will work together to model the idea that course planning can be improved through collaboration regardless of the specific course content.

During this session, participants will

  • work collaboratively practicing the concept of backwards design
  • apply this concept to individual course design
    • develop student learning outcomes
    • plan assessment and activities for a specific course (as time allows)
  • share challenges and opportunities of using this concept
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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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