Course Design Institutes

Course Design Institutes offer settings for faculty to come together for an extended session of course-building and guided discussions led by experts from the McGraw Center and the Council on Science and Technology. The Institutes are designed to address the needs of your particular project and help you increase engagement and learning among all of your students. We offer a two-day and single day sessions for general course design and redesign projects as well as particular topics, such as service and civic engagement. The Course Design Institute is a unique opportunity to share your teaching challenges and develop new techniques with faculty colleagues from across the campus.  Light breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be available.

Course Design Institute:
Creating Service & Civic Engagement Courses and Proposals 

Explore the pedagogy and practice of developing a “service” course. We will discuss ways to link service or civic engagement to existing courses and talk about creating new courses with a service or civic engagement focus or component. The McGraw Center, CST, CBLI and the Service and Civic Engagement Steering Committee are collaborating to offer this half-day Service and Civic Engagement Course Workshop. Whether you are creating a course from scratch, writing a proposal or working on a component for an existing course, this workshop offers the opportunity to delve into the work needed to connect service with learning.

We will discuss what it means to develop courses that integrate service as a modality of learning; as a practical component; as a lens to study a particular topic; or as an opportunity to reflect on the nature of service itself. A light breakfast will be available. Contact the McGraw Center with any dietary concerns.

The workshop will be divided into two parts.

Part One:
The Service and Civic Engagement Self-Study Task Force emphasized linking service with learning; how can a course help students develop “service and civic engagement as a core value that becomes an embedded and pervasive lens”?  We will discuss the multifaceted definition of service and civic engagement and the recommended components that make up a service course.

Part Two:
We will workshop the course design strategies for developing a proposal or course which integrates service or civic engagement. Workshop activities will emphasize student engagement and guide you in defining your goals for your students and using them to shape all aspects of a well-integrated course, from your class format to student assignments, exams, and service activities. We will also review the teaching challenges and strategies of service courses. Bring questions about your specific course or proposal for discussion.

Friday, December 2 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in 330 Frist Campus Center​
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  to reserve a spot for the 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. workshop.​

 

Course Design Institute - Summer

Looking for a setting to focus on crafting the course you’ve been dreaming up this summer? McGraw and the Council on Science and Technology are offering a one-day version of our popular Course Design Institute. Whether you are creating a new course, redesigning an existing one, or preparing a proposal to support course development or collaborative teaching, the Course Design Institute invites you to a day of course-building and guided discussions led by experts from McGraw and CST. We will work through a process customized to address needs of your particular project and designed to help you increase engagement and learning among all of your students. The Course Design Institute is also a unique opportunity to share your teaching challenges and develop new techniques with faculty colleagues from across campus.

Topics and Activities

PART ONE:  The Big Picture
Topics: Your project objectives and challenges
Principles of course design and student-centered pedagogy
The syllabus
Setting goals for learning 
Grading and evaluation

PART TWO:  The Nuts and Bolts
Topics: Promoting engaged learning and inclusive teaching
Designing individual and group activities for the classroom
Extending learning beyond the classroom 
Evaluating progress and achievement 
Reflections and Next Steps

Contact Sarah Schwarz, Associate Director for Teaching Initiatives and Programs with your questions.