Course & Curriculum Design Workshops

The Teaching Commons offers a series of workshops for course directors who would like to enhance an existing course, or create a new course design. The sessions provide you with thorough, creative and practical strategies for developing your course.  The focus will be on facilitating a learner-centered learning environment that promotes deep learning.

We can also offer specially scheduled or adapted workshops for groups of 6 or more.

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Course Design Bootcamp

This is an intensive workshop to get you started designing or updating your course. We will cover principles of good course design, assessment and feedback, active learning and engagement strategies, and provide you with the resources you need to design great courses.

Participants will be introduced to the process and principles of course design and learn to write effective learning outcomes. They will consider how to structure a course based on those outcomes based on the principle of alignment of assessment and teaching activities with learning outcomes. They will also learn about the purposes of assessment as well as criterion-based assessment to measure learning.

All sessions will run from 9:30am to 2:00pm. *We will break for 30 minutes for lunch.

Date: December 6, 2017
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Inclusive Course Design

This session focuses on considerations for pedagogical practice that provides equal opportunities for learning as the student body becomes more diverse. In the first part of the workshop, we will discuss the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) developed to pro-actively meet the needs of learners with their varying abilities, talents and learning styles. An evolving case study will be presented to help participants apply some of the principles of UDL. In the second part of the session, we will look at the accommodation approach to inclusion, i.e., the removal of barriers and provision of accommodation based on individual requests. The workshop is designed to be interactive and will provide opportunties for questions and discussion.

This workshop will take place in DB 1014 from 9.30am -11.30am.

Date: Fall 2017

Active Learning Workshop: The Jigsaw Classroom

Facilitator: Prof. Claudia Chaufan, MD, PhD

Support team: Rubina Kharel, Luiza Ravalli, Samia Shire, Muhanad Ali

Monday, November 13, 2017 | 10:30am-12pm | DB 1014

In this workshop I will share my experience with a cooperative, active-learning approach, i.e., the jigsaw classroom, as I have applied it to undergraduate courses in the social study of health/global health. In the jigsaw classroom learners are organized into groups with different yet complementary tasks. Learners prepare to perform these tasks both individually (at home) and within “expert” groups (in the classroom), and subsequently peer teach to members of their “jigsaw” groups. They are graded individually and collectively.

The jigsaw classroom was developed as a way to increase learner engagement, minimize passive activities (e.g., lecture), promote individual and collective accountability for learning, and foster cooperation rather than competition among learners. As these goals are achieved, the classroom environment becomes more inclusive, learning outcomes are enhanced, and the pleasure of learning increases. Students from one current course will join me to demonstrate their experience with the jigsaw classroom. Participants will be invited to interact with students (i.e., observe students discussions, ask questions about the student experience, etc.) during the activity.

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