Course Makeover Workshop

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Do you have a course that needs updating? Have you been assigned a course to teach that requires new preparation? Are you part of a teaching team that would like to devote time to course development?

The Course Makeover Workshop is designed for you.

Workshop Overview:In this three day workshop, you will:

  1. Be exposed to current literature on learning theories, course plans, and syllabus construction.
  2. Construct (or significantly revise) a course plan and syllabus.
  3. Receive critical feedback from faculty colleagues.

You will spend time working independently and in a variety of large group and small group activities. These activities will provide ample opportunity for you to present your ideas and interact with your peers. The goal is for you to leave the workshop with a revitalized syllabus.

Pre-workshop assignment: Before coming to the workshop please complete the following tasks:(1)  Identify a course you would like to make over.
(2)  Specify key problems with the course.
(3)  Write down ideas you currently have for revision. These might include, additional or alternative texts; new assignments; active learning opportunities; additional technological tools or platforms; and/or restructuring the course content around themes or topics.
(4)  Print a copy of your current course syllabus for review.

 Workshop Schedule

Monday, May 18th, 2015

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Independent readingPlease spend the hour reviewing the following documents, which you will receive electronically:

  • Benjamin Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • A Guide to Syllabus ConstructionCourse Plan Templates (sample templates will be included).
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch in Marrs McLean 303 with Tamra Hassan, Education Manager for the New York Times. Tamra will explain ways to integrate the NYT into a variety of courses.
1:00-2:00 p.m. Present findings from pre-workshop reflections to the group (pre-workshop assignments 1-3 above).
2:00-3:00 p.m. Discuss the assigned reading, additional ideas for course revision, and course plans—what they are; what they are meant to achieve; how they relate to the course syllabus.

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Independent work on course plan. Please bring three copies of your course plan with you to the workshop meeting.
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.  Box lunch in MM 303.
1:30-2:30 p.m. Present course plans in small groups.
2:30–3:00 p.m. Debrief course plans in large group—purpose and value of course planning; discussion of what you learned from constructing a course plan.
3:00-3:30 p.m. Moving from course plan to syllabus.
3:30-4:30p.m. Begin construction of a course syllabus

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Independent work on course syllabus. After you have finished your work, please print your new syllabus and bring it, along with your old syllabus, to the afternoon sessions.
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.  Box lunch in MM 303.
1:30-3:30 p.m. Present and discuss before and after syllabi. 
3:30–4:00 p.m. Overall reflections on the cycle of course preparation: problems, plans, and revisions.
4:00-4:30 p.m. Complete evaluations.





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