This is a seven-session workshop series designed to expose you to the basic elements of course design. Over the course of this workshop, you will design a course based on your current area of research interest, although anyone with interest in creating a course they may be asked to teach or will be teaching is welcome to join. This workshop series is open to MA, MS, MFA, and PhD students, as well as postdocs from any academic discipline. You will work at your own pace, one aspect of the course at a time, to allow you to fully develop your ideas and not detract unnecessarily from your research goals. At the end of the workshop series you will present your course to the group, having designed a full course syllabus.

Course benefits

  • Design a syllabus for a unique and specific course you can teach, which is helpful for the academic job market! 
  • Learn effective teaching strategies
  • Learn and implement course design fundamentals

Details and logistics

The course runs from June 17 through July 22 with an opportunity to present your work the week of July 26th. Seminar sessions, which will take place remotely via Zoom, are on Thursdays from 10:00-11:00am Mountain Time. Attendance at all Zoom seminar sessions is highly recommended.

This workshop uses the “flipped course” format. Each week you will watch a series of videos to learn about effective teaching and course design. Then, you will attend a one-hour seminar to discuss what you have learned, practice techniques, and give and receive feedback on your classmates’ projects.

At several points in the course you will have the opportunity to virtually meet and work with graduate students and postdocs from four other research universities who are also taking this course.

Participants in the course can receive credit toward the CTL's graduate and postdoctoral scholar teaching certificates. Contact preston.cumming@colorado.edu for details. 

Eligibility

This workshop series is open to MA, MS, MFA, and PhD students, as well as postdocs from any academic discipline.

Registration

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