Planning your Courses and Teaching for Fall 2021: Summer Programming and Resources for Faculty and Instructors

The Office of Teaching and Learning is offering a series of active workshops designed to support your planning for your Fall 2021 courses. Workshops are focused on topics related to course design, assessment, and active learning, and our discussions will be relevant across course delivery modes (e.g., in-person, blended, hybrid, virtual). All session handouts and worksheets are available under each session box below.

August Workshops

Expand the session boxes to view information about each session, register, and to download the session handouts and worksheets.

General Description: This workshop offers an opportunity to review the overall structure of your course assessments, including the balance and distribution of high- and low-stakes assessments and assessment workload. We’ll discuss strategies that can improve workload balance for you and your students, assignment transparency, and student effort.

Ideal for faculty and instructors who:

  • Would like to modify the overall structure and design of their course assessments using strategies that consider instructor and student workload, effort, and well-being
  • Want to gather ideas and feedback from colleagues that have tried various assessment strategies and/or are considering similar strategies and approaches

Learning Outcomes:

  • Reflect on previous offerings of your course to identify and discuss challenges with assessment balance, flow, organization and consider what modifications are needed.
  • Identify key considerations and strategies to balance assessment workload, distribution, and weighting for students and instructors.
  • Discuss options for improved assessment workload balance in your course and the pros and cons of various approaches.
  • Design or modify an assessment plan for your upcoming course(s) that take into account instructor and student workload, effort, and well-being and the benefits and challenges of different approaches.

Session Materials and Worksheets:

Session Date: August 9th, 10:00-11:30am - Register

General Description: This workshop offers an opportunity to discuss the current challenges with your exams, explore alternative assessments that could replace your exams and align with your student learning outcomes, and share pros, cons, and strategies for different assessment approaches.

Ideal for faculty and instructors who: 

  • Want to explore different forms of assessment in their course instead of traditional closed-book exams
  • Want to gather ideas and feedback from colleagues that have tried various assessment strategies and/or are considering similar strategies and approaches

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the challenges associated with the use of exams in previous course offerings.
  • Explore different approaches to replacing exams with alternative assessments
  • Evaluate alternative assessment options for your course through session materials and discussions with colleagues.

Session Materials and Worksheets:

General Description: This workshop offers a guided opportunity to review asynchronous and synchronous active learning strategies and consider which activities to add or modify for your upcoming courses to facilitate student engagement and learning. Our discussion will include active learning activities completed individually (e.g., polling, reflection, guided notes) and in groups (e.g., collaborative brainstorming, small group discussions, think-pair-share), and activities that are in-person, online/virtual, or a combination.

Ideal for faculty and instructors who: 

  • Want to refine or add synchronous or asynchronous active learning strategies to their course(s)
  • Want to gather ideas and feedback from colleagues who have tried various active learning strategies or are considering similar strategies and approaches

Learning Outcomes:

  • Reflect on previous offerings of your course to identify what active learning opportunities worked well, what opportunities need modification or to be removed, and where you might want to add active learning opportunities to facilitate student engagement and learning
  • Identify where synchronous or asynchronous active learning activities might be most beneficial within the overall structure of your course
  • Collaboratively brainstorm with colleagues to discuss potentially effective strategies and their implementation, and to address gaps, challenges, and questions related to your course(s)
  • Select promising active learning strategies for your course that align with your other course elements (e.g., learning outcomes, assessments, other teaching and learning activities).

Session Materials and Worksheets:

June/July Workshop Sessions

The following workshops were held in June/July 2021. Expand the session boxes to view and download the session handouts and worksheets.

General Description: This two-part workshop offers a guided opportunity to plan the overall structure and balance of your Fall 2021 courses through guided reflection, collaborative brainstorming, sharing, and problem solving, and a discussion about different course structures (e.g., blended, hybrid, flipped). We will explore how you might repurpose materials from your remote courses as you plan for your Fall 2021 courses.

Ideal for faculty and instructors who:

  • Want to reflect on, revisit, or reconsider the design and structure of their courses, especially with respect to how to integrate and repurpose aspects of face-to-face and remote teaching into hybrid/blended/flipped designs
  • Want to think through their course planning and design ideas, challenges, and questions with colleagues

Learning Outcomes:

  • Reflect on previous offerings of your course to identify what worked well (gains, promising practices, assessments, or outcomes) and what you’d like to modify (gaps, challenges, unanswered questions) 
  • Evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of different course delivery model options, including blended, hybrid, and flipped approaches
  • Collaboratively brainstorm with colleagues to address gaps, challenges, and questions related to your course planning
  • Plan the overall structure, flow, or balance for your course(s), including how different elements of your course (e.g., instructional activities, learning activities, assessments) might be delivered, and incorporating gains and effective or promising practices from prior course offerings

Session Dates/Times:

May 31 & June 2, 1:00-2:30pm - Register

June 8 & 10, 9:30-11:00am - Register

Session Materials and Worksheets:

General Description: This two-part workshop offers an opportunity to review your assessment workload balance in previous course offerings, learn about strategies that can improve workload balance for you and your students, and design alternative assessment plans for your upcoming offering. We will also discuss assignment transparency and student effort. 

Ideal for faculty and instructors who: 

  • Would like to design or modify an assessment plan using strategies that consider instructor and student workload, effort, and well-being
  • Want to gather ideas and feedback from colleagues that have tried various assessment strategies and/or are considering similar strategies and approaches

Learning Outcomes:

  • Reflect on previous offerings of your course to identify and discuss challenges with assessment balance, flow, organization and consider what modifications are needed.
  • Identify key considerations and strategies to balance assessment workload for students and instructors.
  • Evaluate assessment distribution and weighting across the term in previous delivery modes, or planned assessments for upcoming course(s).
  • Discuss options for improved assessment workload balance in your course and the pros and cons of various assessment plans.
  • Design or modify an assessment plan for your upcoming course(s) that take into account instructor and student workload, effort, and well-being and the benefits and challenges of different approaches.

Session Dates: June 14 & 16, 9:30-11:00am - Register

Session Materials and Worksheets:

General Description: This two-part workshop offers an opportunity to discuss the current challenges with your exams, explore alternative assessments that could replace your exams and align with your student learning outcomes, and create an assignment outline for your new assessment.  

Ideal for faculty and instructors who: 

  • Want to explore different forms of assessment in their course instead of traditional closed-book exams, begin constructing a new assignment outline 
  • Want feedback from colleagues on assessment types they are considering and share ideas about assessment types they have tried

Learning Outcomes:

  • Reflect on the exams in previous offerings of your course to identify and discuss the challenges associated with it.
  • Collaboratively brainstorm with colleagues to address challenges, and pose questions related to transitioning your exams.
  • Evaluate alternative assessment types.
  • Select an assessment type that aligns with your course learning outcomes.
  • Construct an assignment outline that includes clear instructions for students.

Session Dates: June 21 & 23, 1:00-2:30pm -Register

Session Materials and Worksheets:

General Description:

This two-part workshop offers a guided opportunity to review the synchronous active learning strategies used in previous course offerings and consider which activities to keep, which to modify or remove, and what activities to add for upcoming course(s) to facilitate student engagement and learning. Our discussion will include synchronous active learning activities completed individually (e.g., polling, reflection) and in groups (e.g., collaborative brainstorming, small group discussions, think-pair-share), and activities that are face-to-face, online/virtual, or a combination.

Ideal for faculty and instructors who: 

  • Want to refine or add synchronous active learning strategies to their course(s) that offer face-to-face or virtual/online participation
  • Want to gather ideas and feedback from colleagues who have tried various “real time” active learning strategies or are considering similar strategies and approaches 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Reflect on previous offerings of your course to identify what synchronous active learning opportunities worked well, what opportunities need modification or to be removed, and where you might want to add synchronous learning opportunities to facilitate student engagement and learning
  • Identify the purpose of using individual and group synchronous active learning activities within your course and where they might be most beneficial within the overall structure of your course
  • Collaboratively brainstorm with colleagues to discuss potentially effective strategies and their implementation, and to address gaps, challenges, and questions related to your course(s)
  • Select promising synchronous active learning strategies for your course that align with your other course elements (e.g., learning outcomes, assessments, other teaching and learning activities).

Session Dates: June 28 & 30, 9:30-11:00am - Register

Session Materials and Worksheets:

General Description:

This two-part workshop offers an opportunity to review the asynchronous active learning strategies used in previous course offerings and consider which activities to keep, which to modify or remove, and what activities to add for your upcoming course(s) to facilitate student engagement and learning. Our discussion will include asynchronous active learning activities completed individually (e.g., individual reflection, guided notes, responding to writing prompts) and collaboratively (e.g., a collaborative study guide, collaborative brainstorming) to learn and discuss content and skills and study for assessments.

Ideal for faculty and instructors who: 

  • Want to refine or add asynchronous active learning strategies to their course(s) 
  • Want to share their ideas on the activities or approaches they are considering and gather feedback from colleagues

Learning Outcomes:

  • Reflect on previous offerings of your course to identify what asynchronous active learning opportunities worked well, what opportunities need modification or to be removed, and where you might want to add asynchronous learning opportunities to facilitate student engagement and learning
  • Identify the purpose of using asynchronous active learning activities within your course and where they might be most beneficial within the overall structure of your course
  • Collaboratively brainstorm with colleagues to discuss potentially effective strategies and their implementation, and to address gaps, challenges, and questions related to your course(s)
  • Select promising asynchronous active learning strategies for your course that align with your other course elements (e.g., learning outcomes, assessments, other teaching and learning activities).

Session Dates: July 6 & 8, 1:00-2:30pm - Register

Session Materials and Worksheets:

Collaborative Sessions with OpenEd’s Instructional Technology Specialists

We partnered with the Instructional Technology team at OpenEd to offer a series of sessions dedicated to the use of digital tools for assessment, and synchronous and asynchronous active learning. Session recordings, materials, and additional resources are available on the Instructional Technology Digital Tools Series website.

File attachments

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PDF icon Handout 1 Course Design Models (1).pdf79.39 KB
PDF icon Handout 2 Delivery and Engagement Modes (1).pdf278.67 KB
PDF icon Handout 3 Key Effective Practices in Blended Hybrid Learning (1).pdf114.51 KB
File Session 1 Worksheets Booklet (2).docx142.63 KB
PDF icon Handout 1 Finding the Balance between Low and High Stakes Assessments.pdf82.06 KB
PDF icon Handout 2 Common Challenges and Potential Solutions for Balancing Assessments.pdf79.73 KB
File Worksheet Booklet Balancing the Flow of Assessments.docx162.29 KB
PDF icon Handout 1 Principles of Effective and Inclusive Assessment.pdf70.38 KB
PDF icon Handout 3 Assessment Checklist.pdf50.78 KB
File Session Worksheet Booklet Transitioning Exams to Other Forms of Assessment.docx341.35 KB
PDF icon Handout 2 Exploring Alternative Assessment Types.pdf54.09 KB
PDF icon Using a Backchannel in In Person Classes.pdf47.7 KB
PDF icon Handout 1 Effective Practices for Designing and Implementing Synchronous Active Learning.pdf73.17 KB
File Session Worksheets Booklet.docx314.47 KB
PDF icon Handout 2 Exploring Synchronous Active Learning Activities.pdf52.17 KB
File Worksheet Booklet Asynchronous Active Learning.docx314.28 KB
PDF icon Handout 1 Effective Practices for Designing and Implementing Asynchronous Active Learning.pdf80.94 KB
PDF icon Handout 2 Exploring Asynchronous Active Learning Activities.pdf49.92 KB
PDF icon Handout 1 Finding the Balance between Low and High Stakes Assessments (1).pdf82.06 KB
PDF icon Handout 2 Common Challenges and Potential Solutions for Balancing Assessments (1).pdf79.73 KB
File Worksheet Booklet Balancing the Flow of Assessments (2).docx162.29 KB
PDF icon Handout 1 Principles of Effective and Inclusive Assessment (1).pdf70.38 KB
PDF icon Handout 2 Exploring Alternative Assessment Types (1).pdf54.09 KB
PDF icon Handout 3 Assessment Checklist (1).pdf50.78 KB
File Session Worksheet Booklet Transitioning Exams to Other Forms of Assessment (2).docx341.35 KB
PDF icon Handout 1 Effective Practices for Designing and Implementing Synchronous Active Learning (1).pdf73.17 KB
PDF icon Handout 1 Effective Practices for Designing and Implementing Asynchronous Active Learning (1).pdf80.94 KB
PDF icon Handout 2 Exploring Synchronous Active Learning Activities (1).pdf52.17 KB
PDF icon Handout 2 Exploring Asynchronous Active Learning Activities (1).pdf49.92 KB
PDF icon Using a Backchannel in In Person Classes (1).pdf47.7 KB
File Worksheet Booklet Sync and Async Active Learning.docx320.25 KB