Summer Series in Course Design

Graduate Teacher Program Summer Series in Course Design
All workshops count toward GTP certificate requirements.
All graduate students, undergraduate teaching & learning assistants, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff are welcome at GTP events and activities.
For further information, please call 303-492-4902.


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  Summer 2014 Schedule

The Summer Series in Course Design is designed to help participants develop materials for a course they are teaching at CU Boulder or that could be included as a sample syllabus in a teaching portfolio.

June 11 -  Major Questions to Consider When Designing a College Course

Laura L. B. Border, Director, Graduate Teacher Program

This workshop covers the broad principles of course and syllabus design and explains the differences between a “teacher-centered” and a “learner-centered” syllabus and course. Participants will practice creating a learner-centered syllabus.

June 18 - Using Bloom’s Taxonomy to Frame Course Content and Exams

Lorine Giangola, Lead Coordinator, Graduate Teacher Program

This session addresses how graduate teachers can most effectively use Bloom’s framework to approach depth and appropriateness of content, discussion questions, and exam questions over the course of the semester. Participants will practice writing effective questions.

June 25 - Teaching on the Edge

Polly McLean, Professor, Journalism and Mass Communication

From Madonna Undressed to Western Masculinities in Popular Culture, Professor Polly McLean likes to push the envelope with her teaching pedagogy. Today she will describe the creative and pedagogical journey she has followed to create courses that unleash the barriers that stifle human potential. She will describe how a faculty member goes about proposing, writing, and successfully moving a novel course plan through the course application procedure. 

July 9  - Building Classroom Technologies into Your Course Design

Mark Werner, Associate Director of Academic Technology Research, ITS

In the classroom, technology can often be used to meet educational goals and learning styles that you might otherwise find difficult to reach. Dr. Werner presents a variety of classroom technologies and shows how they map onto the Kolb Learning Styles Inventory.

July 16  - Assessing and Evaluating Student Learning and Teacher Performance

Laura L. B. Border, Director, Graduate Teacher Program

Understanding the difference between assessment and evaluation is critical. This workshop covers how to assess student learning and teacher performance to maximize learning outcomes and teacher performance. Participants will write a student learning assessment, an exam question, and an in-course teacher assessment to prepare for the FCQ evaluation. 

July 23  - Framing Your Course from Beginning to End

Laura L. B. Border, Director, Graduate Teacher Program

This workshop walks you through a chart designed to help you consider how to think about your course, how to design it for content and student learning, and when to build in assessment tools. Participants will draft a course skeleton.