Action PlansReminder of the goals of the workshop:

  • Use what's known about how people learn to build strong courses
  • Incorporate strategies that support all students to be successful
  • Implement effective teaching activities that align learning goals, assessments, and instruction


8:30 AM --- Welcome and Icebreaker

8:45 AM --- Course Design Considerations Warm-up

Think-Pair-Share Activity about a significant learning experience

9:00 AM --- Backward design and starting with learning goals Introductory slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 3.7MB Jul19 17)

10:00 AM Break

10:15 AM --- Aligning learning goals with assessments

11:00 AM --- Report out: One goal and one assessment for your course

11:20 AM --- Road Check Thursday

11:30 AM --- Adjourn for the day


8:30 AM --- Thoughts from the roadcheck and plan for the day

8:45 AM --- Engaging in active learning

10:00 AM --- Break

10:15 AM --- Report out of activities that will lead up to your assessments

10:30 AM --- Metacognition and motivation: What is it and how do I do it?

11:10 AM --- Strategies for ongoing improvement

Additional resources for getting feedback

Observation protocols

  • COPUS (Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM) from Carl Weiman group - easy training, any colleague can get trained and help you out. Focuses on how instructors and students spend time in the classroom.
  • RTOP (Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol); all of the items are shown here. This requires a bit more extensive training, but is still very accessible.

Alternative evaluations

11:20 AM --- Workshop evaluation

11:30 AM --- Adjourn

Additional Resources

Specific courses

National Academies publications

Additional professional development opportunities

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