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. Each webinar will end with an optional working session, where participants can start to develop their courses with support and feedback from Center for Teaching staff. 

Cornerstones will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays in July 2021. 

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 members who take part in the webinars are encouraged to participate in a future on-campus Course Design Institute.

We recommend individuals participate in every webinar; however, they may select which webinars they will attend. 

July 8: Integrated Backward Course Design

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

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

July 15: 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.

July 22: Equitable Assessments

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

  • Compare the purpose of formative and summative assessments.
  • Examine the alignment of assessment strategies with learning objectives.
  • Describe equitable assessment strategies.

July 29: Inclusive Learning Activities

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

  • Analyze the relationship between situational factors and learning activities.
  • Identify strategies to make learning activities more inclusive.
  • Develop an inclusive and integrated pedagogical plan.

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