Course Design Studio for New Instructors and Postdocs 

The Center for Engaged Teaching (CET) would like to invite new Instructors of Record (IoRs) and postdoctoral scholars to join us for an enjoyable, comprehensive Course Design Studio. We offer support for all stages of the planning, creating, and updating process and adapt our offerings to best serve participant needs.

After completion of this studio, participants will be able to:

  • design a course integrating Backward Design by writing measurable, active Learning Outcomes (LO) and identifying Evidence aligned with LO using an analytic rubric;
  • pilot, critique and organize one of 228 Learning Experiences based on empirical research of effective practices to enhance their course; and
  • implement Boyer’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) model as a method for examining, reflecting and improving effective teaching and learning; and identify appropriate, relevant and meaningful (ARM) instructional technologies to empower student engagement. 

In order to best serve participants, we will be adapting our current Course Design Studio to fit three major groups of individuals. We will determine dates of quarterly course offerings contingent on participant availability:

If you are interested in joining our Course Design Studio, please complete this interest form or email to reserve a space. 



Course Design Studio Agenda

Day 1

  • Before Design: How We Learn
  • Wiggins & McTighe Backward Design model: Results, Evidence, Experiences
  • Results (Learning/Program Outcomes Alignment)

Day 2

  • Evidence (Assessment)
  • Appropriate, Relevant and Meaningful Educational Technology

Day 3

  • Experiences (Active Teaching and Learning)
  • Planning, Interactive/Engagement, Teaching Models
  • Incorporating into an Effective Syllabus


After the Course Design Studio

The CET is committed to supporting your continuous development as an instructor. Additional support and follow-up experiences from the Course Design Studio may include:

  • Confidential Consultations
  • Classroom Observations (faculty flow diagrams and student group perceptions)
  • Teaching and Learning Workshops
  • Learning Communities (teaching, writing, technology circles, etc)
  • Formative Assessment of teaching effectiveness
  • Creating and implementing methods for assessing student learning
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)