Designing Courses for Significant Learning
Quality course design is critical for retaining students. This workshop provides design styles for clear navigation and the alignment of course learning outcomes, activities and assessment. As an evaluator for Quality Matters and our work with Dee Fink with faculty nationally, your faculty and course designers will benefit from our experience. Faculty nationally have appreciated the coaching they have received in redesigning their courses. This is a workshop that is excellent for administrators who need to evaluate the quality of courses as a part of faculty evaluation. In addition, the design for technology integration, accessibility for learners and assessing course quality are discussed.
Aligning Learning Outcomes, Activities and Assessments
This workshop is a shorter version of the Course Design for Significant Learning workshop. Participants will examine this alignment to be sure that students are being prepared to succeed and performing to the high standard in meeting course outcomes. They will also gain experience in writing measurable outcomes that are course-level appropriate. As course designers, faculty often create learning activities and assessments that don’t adequately measure the outcomes. This workshop will discuss integrated course design best practices and Dee Fink’s Taxonomy of Significant Learning.
Classroom Assessment Techniques
Engaging students through measuring the effectiveness of the course elements is a way to retain students. Faculty can use a variety of quick and easy strategies to measure student learning. Participants will learn ideas that deliver valuable information to make sure the student learning is on track. This helps to make sure that students are meeting the outcomes on formative and summative assessment. This workshop is a great combination with the Developing Rubrics workshop.
Creating rubrics to assess students provide two positive outcomes. The first is that faculty have a set of established standards by which to use to assess learning activities. The second is that students have a set of established standards by which to succeed in delivering assignments. Every assignment in a course could have a rubric for success. These rubrics are also effective ways to measure projects and performance.
Designing Activities for Engaged Student Learning
Learning activities in a course make up the largest proportion of the time in which faculty teach and students learn. The activities are the bridge from outcomes to the assessment of outcomes. They also prepare students for success in the course and after graduation. Activities need to be as engaging as they can, involving active learning. Participants will examine their courses for active versus passive learning as they redesign assignments they recognize as not being as effective as possible. Learning activities are often the way students evaluate a course and measure their progress. Having engaging learning activities motivates a student to want to come to class.
Classroom Learning Presentation
Do you know that there are ways to present a course session so that you can use your time together optimally? Participants will discuss a teaching plan to deliver significant learning in the classroom and online environment. As both a faculty developer and dean, my faculty benefited greatly from the ideas shared with them to help their students walk out of the class talking about the content and experiences they learned. This workshop will deliver ways to help students organize their thinking and learning throughout the course session so they will remember it the next time you meet building on what they previously learned.