Course Design

Finding and Implementing OERs

hand-tablet(smart-devices)Tues-2-NovThis workshop will be beneficial for instructors who are interested in alternatives to or supplements for their current textbooks and looking for additional ways to provide equitable experiences in their classrooms.

Accessibility and UDL Instructor Resource

Curated by several university departments and experts, the Accessibility and UDL Instructor Resource is available through Canvas.

An Introduction to Backward Design

video-meeting-group(video-meeting)Thurs-7-Oct In this workshop, participants will learn about the basic components of the backward design process and how it can help ensure alignment between course goals and assessments.

Entomology Department Uses Creativity and Humor to Enhance Learning

Injecting creativity into education has been a persistent challenge but Justine LaViolette found that a puppet can teach entomology.

Small things, big impacts

Featured instructor: Roland Vegso

During the pivot to online education in Spring 2020, Professor Roland Vegso converted his Literary and Critical Theory course from face-to-face to an online course. He prioritized small organizational features that ended up making a big difference for his students. The following video tour of his course addresses five core ideas: removing barriers to student learning, establishing instructor presence, supporting community, and using technology intentionally and effectively.

Using Accessibility Checker for Course Materials in Canvas and MS Office

This presentation focuses on making course materials more accessible and working towards Universal Design for a biology course.

Impacts of Cognitive Load on Student Learning

This video explains aspects of course design that can contribute to cognitive overload as well as simple things instructors can do to reduce the cognitive load of their students.

Lessons Learned from the Fall

Presented in January 2021, this workshop began by presenting data collected from the students that visited CAST this fall to help faculty and staff better understand the challenges that students were facing. The instructional designers then offered practical solutions for faculty to help better mitigate those challenges.

Making your course more user-friendly for students

Students are reporting that one of their biggest challenges this semester is dealing with the cognitive load required just to navigate their widely varying courses. While individual instructors can’t do much about all of this variation, they can work hard to ensure their own courses are as intuitive and easy to navigate as possible.

Teaching in a Flexible Hybrid Classroom

Conducted July 30, this interactive workshop identified which aspects of a course are best delivered online versus in the classroom. Additionally, it covered the considerations for balancing synchronous versus asynchronous interactions when determining how often to meet with your class.

Remotely Facilitating an In-Person Course

Conducted July 29, this interactive workshop provided strategies for promoting an engaging instructor presence and maintaining student interest without being physically present in the classroom. The workshop also involved the presentation of best-practices as well as discussions on different topics.

Designing Your Course: Showcasing the CAS Flexible Course Models

Conducted on July 27, this workshop helped faculty visualize strategies that can be used to design courses to meet the demands of the fall 2020 semester. Faculty from the Arts & Sciences shared examples from their courses that implement the CAS Flexible Course Models.

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