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Course Design Academy

  • Course Design Academy is a 6 day inter-disciplinary experience offered to all resident faculty members during Summer "A". Participants design or re-design a course based upon significant learning experiences and long-term learning goals.

  • Participants work their way through a process focusing on the question: What do you want your students to remember 5 years after the course ends?

  • We will explore learner-centered design principles, discuss ideas in small learning teams and apply principles/concepts to courses. The Academy is not a series of presentations but a collegial, reflective, research-supported experiences based upon Fink's book and backward design principles.

  • You will exit with a new and improved fall course and tools to implement strategies and activities. Participants will receive a copy of Creating Significant Learning Experiences (new edition) by L. Dee Fink, certificate of participation, and a celebration will be held on the last day to complete the multi-day seminar. In addition, all participants will receive an Academy polo shirt at the celebration. 


2014 Schedule

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  • Participants receive texts, handouts, resources and at completion are named Faculty Fellows of the Academy.

  • Faculty Fellows are invited to participate in planning sessions, mentoring, and on-going connections to the Fellows group.

  • Registration is required with a commitment to attend all sessions.


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Course Design Academy II

  • In Summer 2014, Faculty Fellows were invited to attend Course Design Academy II-- Special Topic:  Creating Digital Assets to Promote Significant Learning Experiences.

  • This Academy explores using SoftChalk software to develop modules, lessons and learning objects for your courses.  When you successfully complete the 5 days of the academy and develop one “object” you will be given a subscription to SoftChalk.  This is a $695 value and funded by the Provost.

  • Softchalk allows you to create, customize and personalize content by mashing up your own materials with rich media, interactive exercises, quizzes and text. The combination of personalized content, embedded assessment, interactivity, and immediate student feedback increases student engagement and improves learning outcomes.


2014 Schedule

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