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Faculty Summer Short Course

Faculty Summer Short Course (FSSC) on Course Design:

The Faculty Summer Short Course is about redesigning, re-engineering, or rethinking a class, or starting from the ground up in designing a new class to be taught in an upcoming term. Facilitated by Dr. Jennifer Weaver, Assistant Director at the CTLO, the FSSC is a 4-session short course first offered by the CTLO during the summer of 2016. We discuss the process of backwards design from start to finish, including clarifying learning outcomes, designing assignments and exams, building the overall class structure, and fostering an inclusive classroom. By the end of the four sessions, faculty will have a solid plan for their class, with constructive feedback from the CTLO and colleagues.

FSSC Learning Outcomes

By the conclusion of the short course, faculty participants will be able to:

  • evaluate current course strengths and weaknesses in terms of student learning 
  • identify active learning approaches and pedagogical strategies that can revitalize their course 
  • critically evaluate current assessment strategies to determine whether they meet learning outcomes / course objectives (and update or substitute strategies as needed) 
  • articulate the value and benefits of student engagement in their course / subject 
  • (re)devise a course syllabus and content and activity plan for their course