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Encore is the response from audiences for outstanding performances. Encore delivers the design necessary to provide significant solutions. Learning audiences in business and educational organizations need to be engaged in their work. Encore inspires individual and team growth as you integrate innovation, inclusion, and integrity into your organization. Is such a goal just a dream? Not at all; Encore will help you create and deliver the dream!


What’s New?
New Online Conference workshops this fall – Check out these events in the listings to the right!
Online Course Design Institute: great faculty, great courses

Zala Fashant, Karen LaPlant, Linda Russell and Stewart Ross, experienced directors in faculty development with the Minnesota State system have presented to over 300 university and college faculty in the past few months on redesigning their courses to create online delivery for the summer and fall sessions. These presentations are being delivered currently through an online institute. The content for the institute is based on the recently-published book, Designing Effective Teaching and Significant Learning which Zala, Stewart, Linda and Karen co-authored with Jake Jacobson, and Sheri Hutchinson who have all led online and teaching and learning centers on university and college campuses in the Minnesota State system.

This 3-week, 9 session online institute uses Zoom for the synchronous component and the institution’s LMS for online asynchronous content and activities to guide faculty who are creating a new course, want to improve a current course, and change a course to deliver it online. Using the book, Designing Effective Teaching and Significant Learning as a text, author facilitators lead participants through the elements of integrated course design to support effective teaching and provide significant learning for students. The institute also examines how to assess the quality of courses and student learning results can serve in program review and institutional outcome assessment. The institute’s unique design provides campus staff and resources to blend into the content and presentation to tailor the learning to faculty of the institution. Team-based strategies is used as groups from individual programs and departments can share their work and reflections of their practice to gain valuable ideas from one another.

The online institute models how to use many learning management system tools and the pedagogy behind them for online teaching so faculty can use them in the design of their own courses. The facilitators are also working collaboratively with campus staff to provide optional online synchronous sessions to use the LMS tools to deliver instruction in their course design.

To order the book Designing Effective Teaching and Significant Learning: https://styluspub.presswarehouse.com/…/Designing-Effective-…

For colleagues interested in the Online Course Design Institute contact: Zala.Fashant@Encoreprodev.com

summary of Institute including Sample schedule and participant comments
Instructor Resources


Missing local or state fair food?

fair food and book on a stickWe can’t deliver pronto pups, mini donuts, or corn on the cob, but we can deliver food for the mind. The book on a stick, Designing Effective Teaching and Significant Learning will fill your appetite for teaching great courses through design. The menu includes 12 chapters that will improve your practice immediately as well as for years to come. Faculty using it on their own and through our Online Course Design Institutes, find they are learning more about teaching students in the ways they have always dreamed. The book is entertaining with experiences of faculty in their own teaching and designing of courses. Sprinkled throughout are valuable teaching tip strategies that you can begin using tomorrow. Step-by-step, the authors will walk you through the Cycle of Course Design. 2020 has meant the cancelation of many great experiences. Give yourself a treat that won’t disappoint. Order your copy today! .

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Book Contents, Foreword, Testimonials and Author Information

Book ReviewsGet a sneak peak at what people are saying about the book


New Article: Teaching Online… Defining the new Normal

Suddenly, the luxury of offering courses in a variety of deliveries vanished. With stay-at-home lockdowns in place, it was strongly recommended that only essential personnel went to work and only essential travel for food, medical and the like, was acceptable. For the first time, many faculty were stripped of choice and needed to continue student learning moving forward by meeting with their students virtually. With no real end in sight, this was the new normal – at least for now.



Encore Upcoming Events Calendar– Look to the menu bar on the right to learn more about the topics of presentations and workshops. Read about our work in the blog and see where we will be presenting in the Upcoming Events.

Several new Authored Articles have been added to the others in the Resources section. Read Successfully Delivering Significant Change and the others for ideas about your work as managers and educators.

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