Blended Learning 101
Based on principles from The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide, this workshop focuses on common misconceptions about the blended modality. Participants are exposed to the current research on blended teaching and learning to help them develop a better understanding of the main differences and similarities between traditional face-to-face and blended classroom environments.
Evidence-based Practices for Blended Course Design
Based on principles from The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide, participants in this workshop explore best practices for transitioning a course from a traditional, face-to-face environment to one that is blended. Topics include writing course goals and objectives, developing assessments, designing learning activities, and effectively leveraging technology for student success. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the alignment of their blended course using evidence-based backward design methods.
Creating Effective Online Activities
Based on principles from The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide this interactive workshops focuses on creating effective online activities that are student-centered, engaging, and aligned with the face-to-face activities of a course. Participants will review their course goals and learning objectives, choose an online platform and/or tool for their activity, and leave the workshop with at least one online activity that they can immediately implement into their course.
Designing Impactful Online Assessments
Based on principles from The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide this interactive workshop focuses on designing impactful online assessments that are both engaging for students and accurate measures of the goals and learning objectives of a course. Using their own course goals and learning objectives, participants will have the opportunity to design an online assessment that they can immediately implement into their course.
Grading to Learn
In this workshop, participants examine common definitions of assessment, feedback, grading, and testing to better understand how assessment tools can help our students learn. Through discussion and a small group activity, participants develop strategies to hold conversations with their students about learning. Participants leave the workshop with ideas that may revolutionize their personal philosophies of assessment.
Writing Course Goals and Learning Objectives
Goals, learning objectives, outcomes – what does it all mean? In this workshop, participants explore definitions of course goals and learning objectives and talk about tips for communicating them to your students through your syllabus. Participants also have the opportunity to draft course goals and objectives and receive feedback.
Course Design 101
In this workshop based on principles of backward design, participants focus on identifying goals and objectives when designing a course, assignments, and assessments. Through reflective activities, participants begin to draft the goals and objectives for their course and start the process of mapping out a pathway of learning for their students.
Best Practices for Gathering and Using Student Feedback
In this workshop, participants learn the difference between formative and summative feedback and develop some strategies for collecting student feedback throughout the semester. Participants have the opportunity to create an assessment plan for one of their courses that includes the collection of student feedback on a regular basis through a variety of methods. I also model some common formative feedback methods.