2017 - 2018 Workshops 


Moving Forward Using Backward Course Design: Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Instructional Approaches

How will you approach planning or designing your next course? Many STEM instructors follow a common path—select a textbook, identify the chapters to be covered, develop lectures, and finally, create exams. The 2017-2018 Teaching Essentials Workshop Series will provide the skills and knowledge needed to try a different, more deliberate approach called Backward Design. Backward Design is a framework that emphasizes alignment of learning outcomes, assessments, and instructional activities.

Backward Design Triangle

Fall semester workshops focused on developing learning outcomes and assessments. Participants considered what students should be able to know, understand, and do after completing a course. They were also introduced to the fundamental principles that guide assessment of student learning and had the opportunity to develop new assessments.

Spring semester workshops introduced a variety of instructional approaches designed to help students achieve learning outcomes. Participants considered which approaches best align with their learning outcomes and the associated assessments. Finally, the series culminated with a workshop focused on using assessment results to guide changes in instructional and practices.

Design with the End in Mind: Using Learning Outcomes for Curriculum Development

James Lucas
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
11:15 - 1:00 (Lunch at 11:15, program starts at 11:30)
1400 Biomedical and Physical Sciences
More Information, Video of Session and PowerPoint slides


Knowing What Students Know: The Roles of Assessment in Instructional Design

Mark Urban-Lurain
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
11:15 - 1:00 (Lunch at 11:15, program starts at 11:30)
More Information, Video of Session, PowerPoint slides and Handouts


Putting It All Together: Learning Outcomes and Assessments that Blend Core Ideas with Science and Engineering Practices

Cori Fata-Hartley, Melanie Cooper, Diane Ebert-May, Becky Matz, Lynmarie Posey, Ryan Sweeder, and Jon Stoltzfus
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
11:15 - 1:00 (Lunch at 11:15, program starts at 11:30)
1400 Biomedical and Physical Sciences
More Information, Video of Session, and PowerPoint slides

Technology Tuneup: Tools and Tips for Realigning your Objectives, Assessments, and Teaching Materials for Backward Design.

Stephen Thomas
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
11:15 - 1:00 (Lunch at 11:15, program starts at 11:30)
1400 Biomedical and Physical Sciences
More Information and Video of Session

Shifting your small class strategies to big class contexts: Tips for making big classes seem small(er)

Tammy Long
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
11:15 - 1:00 (Lunch at 11:15, program starts at 11:30
1400 Biomedical and Physical Sciences
More Information, Video of Session and PowerPoint Slides


Developing Models in an Introductory Cell and Molecular Biology Course: Using D2L to Support Group Work, Assessment, and Feedback in a Large Enrollment Course.


Jon Stoltzfus and Teri McElhinny

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

11:15 - 1:00 (Lunch at 11:15, program starts at 11:30)

1400 Biomedical and Physical Sciences

More Information, Video of Session, and PowerPoint Slides

Closing the Loop: Using Evidence to Improve Teaching - Individually and Programmatically

Bradley Marks
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
11:15 - 1:00 (Lunch at 11:15, program starts at 11:30)
1400 Biomedical and Physical Sciences
Lunch provided
More Information, Video of Session and PowerPoint Slides