Course Design Institutes

Our Model

Effective course design can make your teaching experience easier and facilitate student learning. Good design maximizes learning while reducing student confusion by clarifying expectations. Whether you are designing a new course or reimagining an existing course, CET&L’s Course Design Institutes can help you with this process by providing an opportunity for in-depth work on a particular course with support from CET&L staff and feedback from colleagues.

 

Over the summer, CET&L will be offering Course Design Institutes on Service Learning, Designing Engaging Courses, Teaching with Technology, and Teaching for Equity and Inclusion. We will also be offering two Online Course Design Institutes, “Introduction to Designing of an Online Course” for beginners who may not have much experience with Blackboard and “Advanced Design of an Online Course” aimed at more experienced users who want to explore some of the advanced features Blackboard offers.

If you require an accommodation or other assistance to participate in this program contact CET&L cetl@uc.edu or 513-556-9319, in advance of the institute.

 

Topics & Schedules

Service Learning at UC (SL@UC) 

(May 7, 9 & 11, 2018 9:00am – 3:00pm)

Have you ever wondered if your teaching has a measurable impact on the greater community and for the greater good? Would you like to design a course that does or perhaps redesign a course that you are currently teaching in such a way that the community is positively impacted? In the Service Learning Course Design Institute, we will use a faculty workbook to create new, and improve existing, courses through the P.A.R.C model and via the philosophy of Collective Impact. Michael Sharp, Director of Service Learning at the University of Cincinnati, will facilitate this course design institute in partnership with other regional service-learning experts and stakeholders.

Outcomes

By the end of the institute, participants will be able to:

  • Design a course syllabus that incorporates a “Service Learning Best Practice” approaches to teaching and learning, including the following seven elements of effective service learning.
  • Explore and apply various models of Service Learning reflection tools using the “4 Cs” of critical reflection: Continuous Reflection, Connected Reflection, Challenging Reflection, and Contextualized Reflection.
  • Interact with visiting community stakeholders in the pursuit of mutually beneficial and reciprocal Service Learning outcomes.
  • Explore how a Service Learning pedagogy can improve teaching and learning outcomes while simultaneously impacting the greater community.
  • Discuss how Service Learning can be useful toward a faculty member’s RPT efforts.

Application Questions

  • What is the name of the course you plan to design/redesign?
  • With which college, department, and program is, your class is affiliated?
  • What is the usual enrollment for the course you will be designing/refining?
  • Is the course you plan to design/redesign at the level of Gateway, Mid-Collegiate, or Capstone?
  • What is the course description? (Course Descriptions can be found through Catalyst)
  • What are the course learning outcomes? (Course Learning Outcomes for existing courses can be found through eCurriculum)
  • What are typical activities and assessments that you use in this course to achieve student-learning objectives? If you have not taught the class before, please provide a description of that you imagine typical activities and assessment will look like.
  • What major challenges do you wish to address by designing/redesigning your course?

Registration is open- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SLCDI2018

 

 

Designing Engaging Courses

(May 8, 9 & 11, 2018 9:00am – 3:00pm)

As a participant in this Course Design Institute, you will join an interdisciplinary group of faculty that will be guided through a course (re)design process in a supportive environment facilitated by CET&L staff. You will explore learning-centered design principles in a hands-on setting to develop components of your course while sharing ideas and receiving relevant feedback from colleagues. The focus of this Course Design Institute is student engagement, which we will examine through all the stages of course design. We will work towards preparing the structure and materials for your course using the principles of backwards course design. CET&L Assistant Director, Anna Donnell, will facilitate this institute.

Outcomes

  • By the end of the institute, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the value of backwards course design.
  • Apply UC’s course design model to their own course through the lens of student engagement.
  • Create draft syllabus, assessments, and activities.
  • Articulate an action plan to continue the course design process.

Application Questions

  • Name of the course you plan to design/refine
  • What is the usual enrollment for the course you'll be designing/refining?
  • Is this a course you have taught before? (yes, no)
  • Is the course you plan to work on a "Gateway" or introductory-level prerequisite? (yes, no, other)
  • Describe a typical class period for this course. If you have not taught the course before, please provide a description of that you imagine a typical class period will entail.
  • Describe activities and assessments you typically use in this course (or similar courses) to achieve student-learning objectives.
  • Describe your previous experience(s) designing a course, or any past experiences, that might aid you in designing/refining your course.
  • What major challenges do you wish to address by designing/refining your course?

Registation is open- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DECCDI2018

 

 

Introduction to Online Course Design

(May 9, 16 & 23, 2018 9:00am – 4:00pm)

The Introduction to Online Course Design Institute covers basic course design principles, focusing particularly on alignment of learning goals, instructional content, and assessment. The institute also provides specific instruction in composing learning objectives, and basic Blackboard technology tools, culminating in the construction of an initial online module. Additionally, the institute provides an introduction to the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). We are also offering Advanced Design of an Online Course CDI June 2018.  CET&L Assistant Director, Pat Reid, will facilitate this institute in partnership with Instructional Designers from the Center for Excellence in eLearning (CEeL).

Outcomes

By the end of the institute, participants will be able to:

  • Apply backward design processes to create a component of an online course using Blackboard (Bb).
  • Discuss pedagogical best practices to the following course design processes.
  • Discuss course design and course structure including content structure and selection, assessments, assignments and grading; and Universal Design for Learning and WICAG 2.0 standards.
  • Identify one content creation tool to explore in more depth.
  • Use the UC Knowledge Base to troubleshoot course and tool issues.
  • Gain familiarity with the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric for designing quality online courses.

Application Questions

The Introduction to Designing an Online Course CDI is designed for people who have not used Blackboard to build a module and who are not familiar with the grade center. Does this match your current knowledge and skill level? (Yes, No, No but I need a refresher). If you answered "No", you may want to consider taking the Advanced Online Course Design Institute.

  • Describe why you are interested in the Introduction to Online Course Design Institute.
  • Have you previously taught online? If yes, please list year(s), course name(s), and course number(s).
  • Have you previously developed a course to be taught online? If yes, please list year(s) developed, course name(s), and course number(s).
  • Have you previously taught a blended course? (A face-to-face course with online teaching elements)
  • What course are you currently interested in designing / altering?
  • Is this course part of a larger departmental development effort (i.e. online program, certification, or continuing education development)?
  • What is your current comfort level with technology (multiple choice: very comfortable, comfortable, neutral, avoidance, disdain)?
  • What Canopy tools are you currently using? Select all that apply. (Blackboard, Box, Cielo 24, Echo 360, Kaltura, Safe Assign, WebEx, Other – If other, please list)
  • What technology do you currently have access to or own. Please select all that apply (Laptop, Smart Phone, Tablet, Web Cam (either external or embedded in another device), External microphone, other)

Registration is open- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IDOCCDI2018

 

 

Teaching with Technology (May 22, 23 & 25, 2018 9:00am – 3:00pm)

Are you interested in technology and teaching, but are not sure where to get started? Educational technology tools are abundant and it can be difficult to commit to a tool for a whole semester hoping that it will achieve your goal. In this institute, participants will integrate pedagogy and technology to create engaging learning experiences within their courses. We will examine how faculty at UC are incorporating technology into their teaching and gain from their experience. This institute is designed for instructors teaching face-to-face or hybrid courses. CET&L Assistant Director, Anna Donnell, will facilitate this institute in partnership with Educational Technologists from the Center for Excellence in eLearning (CEeL).

*Please bring a device to the institute. If you do not have one, contact CET&L, cetl@uc.edu or 513-556-9319. 

Outcomes

By the end of this institute, participants will be able to:

  • Select technology tools based on pedagogical goals and needs.
  • Identify support and resources for a particular tool.
  • Develop a plan to implement and assess technology in future teaching.

Application Questions

  • Name of the course you plan to design/refine
  • Is this a course you have taught before? (yes, no)
  • Describe a typical class period for this course. If you have not taught the course before, please provide a description of that you imagine a typical class period will entail.
  • Describe activities and assessments you typically use in this course (or similar courses) to achieve student learning objectives.
  • Describe your experience incorporating technology into teaching.
  • What technology tools do you regularly use? (Office products, video tools, collaboration tools, polling, Blackboard tools, etc)
  • What major challenges do you wish to address by designing/refining this course?

Registration is open- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TTCDI2018 

 

 

Teaching for Equity and Inclusion

(June 12, 13 & 14, 2018 9:00am – 3:00pm)

This Course Design Institute is for faculty who wish to develop and refine teaching practices that translate the values of equity and inclusion into concrete actions. We will engage in critical self-reflection, have candid conversations with an interdisciplinary cohort of colleagues, and practice concrete strategies that promote equity and inclusion in our courses. During these activities, we will explore concepts such as identity and social belonging, microaggressions, stereotype threat, soliciting diverse student perspectives, race-based trauma, and working with student activists.

CET&L Assistant Directors Kimber Andrews and Beth Faller will facilitate this Course Design Institute in collaboration with special guest facilitators, Calisha Brooks, Staff Psychologist, Counseling & Psychological Services, Donna Chrobot-Mason, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Organizational Leadership, and Dy'an Marinos, Program Coordinator, Office of Equity, Inclusion, & Community Impact.

Outcomes

During this institute, participants will:

  • Discuss important aspects of identity, both student and faculty, and how these play out in different teaching and learning contexts.
  • Engage with interactive role-play and case studies in order to explore complex issues of equity and inclusion in a teaching and learning context.
  • Explore the concepts of microaggressions, stereotype threat, social belonging, and race-based trauma, and best practices for combatting their effects.
  • Design a brief activity to use in a class to promote equity and inclusion in the interest of student success.
  • Reflect on new conceptual knowledge and how to continue applying it to teaching practices to create equitable and inclusive classrooms.

Application Questions

  • Describe the courses you typically teach including subject matter, class size, length of each class period, and format (online, face to face or hybrid).
  • Why do you wish to participate in the Teaching for Equity and Inclusion Course Design Institute?
  • How would you describe your previous engagement with teaching for equity and inclusion? Are you new to the topic? Applied some strategies in your course? Very familiar with the principles but looking for a community to discuss your ideas?
  • Are there specific themes, questions, or issues you would like to discuss as part of the institute?
  • What do you hope to have gained by the end of this institute?

Registration is open- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TEICDI2018

 

 

Advanced Design of an Online Course

(June 13, 20 & 27, 2018)

The Advanced Design of an Online Course CDI focuses on the application of pedagogical best practices for a myriad of Canopy engagement tools. The institute will also focus on revising and improving existing course content, as well as an introduction to Quality Matters (QM) review standards. We are also offering an Introduction online Course Design Institute in May 2018. CET&L Assistant Director, Pat Reid, will facilitate this institute in partnership with Instructional Designers from the Center for Excellence in eLearning (CEeL).

Outcomes

By the end of this institute, participants will be able to:

  • Apply pedagogical best practices for the following Canopy engagement types Discussions, Video (Kaltura, You Tube), Blogs and Journals, Group Tools, ECHO360, WebEx.
  • Develop at least one of each engagement type, utilizing pedagogical best practices that includes directions for students.
  • Apply two new engagement tools or methods into a planned course.
  • Review a course previously taught online, utilize course data for course improvement, identify one item for enhancement in each of the following categories: Utilizing course data for course improvement, Learning Outcomes or Student Learning Objectives, Course Structure, Learner Assessment and/or Grading, Accessibility/UDL.
  • Apply pedagogical best practices to improve one of each item mentioned above.
  • Apply QM review standards to one module from a peer’s course.
  • Registration is closed. Stay tuned for Summer2018 registration.

Application Question

  • This Advanced Online Course Design Institute assumes that you have used Blackboard to build at least one module and you are familiar with the Blackboard grade center. Does this match your current knowledge and skill level? (Yes, No, No but I am also applying for the Introduction to Designing an Online Course Institute) If you answered "No" you may want to consider applying for the Introduction to Designing an Online Course Institute first)
  • List the Online courses you have taught. (Please include how many times and name(s) of the courses)
  • Describe why you are interested in participating in the Advanced Online Courses Design Institute.
  • Have you previously taught a blended course (a face-to-face course with online teaching elements)? If yes, please describe.
  • What course will be the focus for development during this institute?
  • Is this course part of a larger departmental development effort (i.e. online program, certification, or continuing education development)?
  • What is your current comfort level with technology (multiple choice: very comfortable, comfortable, neutral, avoidance, disdain)?
  • What Canopy tools are you currently using? Select all that apply. (Blackboard, Box, Cielo 24, Echo 360, Kaltura, Safe Assign, WebEx, Other – If other, please list)
  • What tools are you interested in learning more about? Select all that apply (Blackboard, Box, Cielo 24, Echo 360, Kaltura, Safe Assign, WebEx, Other – If other, please list)
  • What technology do you currently have access to or own? Please select all that apply (Laptop, Smart Phone, Tablet, Web Cam (either external or embedded in another device), External microphone)

Registration is open- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ADOCCDI2018