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The major challenges in helping faculty design effective courses and how we address these issues

Participant working at course design workshop
Faculty typically are put off by workshops full of education jargon. Both faculty and students commonly view teaching as being teacher-centered (e.g., faculty commonly state course goals as "I want to show my students that...", or "I want to expose my students to..."). Faculty commonly focus on content coverage, assuming that the amount presented equals the amount learned and that content knowledge confers problem-solving ability. Faculty commonly have laudable by vague goals beyond content mastery (e.g., "I want my students to appreciate the complexity of the global economy" or "I want my students to see that we can't keep exploiting resources forever" or "I want my students to think like scientists".). Students and faculty alike commonly fail to think past the end of the semester. Faculty commonly have small "teaching toolboxes" and have limited experience with classroom strategies other than standard lecture. Assessment is commonly viewed as an evil necessity that faculty tack on at the end.
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©2005 On-line Course Design Workshop and Tutorial developed by Dr. Barbara J. Tewksbury (Hamilton College) and Dr. R. Heather Macdonald (College of William and Mary) as part of the program On the Cutting Edge, funded by NSF grant DUE-0127310.

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