Cornerstones for Course Design is a series of four interactive webinars that will use an integrated approach to backward course design to develop a flexible and inclusive pedagogical plan. Instructors interested in learning about or refreshing their knowledge of the principles of course design are encouraged to enroll to access the live events and use the additional resources available via ICON.

After completing the series, participants will be able to:

  • Apply integrated backward course design to develop a course.
  • Evaluate the alignment of situational factors, learning goals and objectives, assessment plans, and learning activities in the design of a course.
  • Develop an inclusive and integrated pedagogical plan.

Cornerstones for Course Design offers a foundational view of backward course design. Faculty who take part in the webinars are encouraged to participate in a future on-campus Course Design Institute.

The webinars will be held daily from noon to 1 p.m. from Tuesday, Jan. 5, through Friday, Jan. 8. We recommend individuals participate in every webinar; however, they may select which webinars they will attend. 

Jan. 5: Integrated Backward Course Design

At the end of this session, the participants will be able to

  • Analyze the impact of situational factors on course design.
  • Describe integrated backward course design.
  • Summarize the process of backward course design.

Jan. 6: Learning Goals and Objectives

At the end of this session, the participants will be able to

  • Explain the purpose of learning goals and learning objectives.
  • Develop strategies that help students learn the main ideas and core tasks of the course.
  • Evaluate integrated learning objectives.

Jan. 7: Comprehensive Assessment Strategies

At the end of this session, the participants will be able to

  • Describe comprehensive assessment strategies.
  • Identify formative and summative assessment techniques.
  • Examine the alignment of assessment strategies with learning objectives.
  • Apply equitable assessment techniques.

Jan. 8: Inclusive Learning Activities

At the end of this session, the participants will be able to

  • Analyze the relationship between situational factors and learning activities.
  • Consider inclusive learning activities.
  • Compose an integrated and inclusive course context. 

If you are unable to participate in the January webinars, please contact sara-nasrollahian@uiowa.edu about Cornerstones resources.

Register for Cornerstones for Course Design.