Course Design Institute for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars
The Course Design Institute for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars (GradCDI) is a six-week course design series for graduate students and postdocs, in which you'll produce a syllabus draft using evidence-based frameworks.
GradCDI will take place during Summer Quarter 2022. Required, synchronous Zoom meetings will be held on Tuesdays from 11–1 Pacific time, June 21–July 26.
Register for GradCDI 2022 (Stanford login required for registration)
In this six-week series, you will build or revise a course syllabus using evidence-based frameworks. This is also an opportunity to interrogate your own implicit understandings of learning and teaching and, potentially, develop new or additional ones.
On one level, course design is a process of identifying how you want your course to impact your students, then laying out learning goals and objectives, deciding how your students’ understanding will be assessed, and how they will prepare for those assessments. You will do these things in this series. On a more implicit level, course design is a chance to reflect on our values and assumptions about teaching, learning, the function of education in society, our students, and ourselves.
Course goals and learning outcomes
Through active engagement and successful completion of this series, participants will be able to:
- Apply the Backward Course Design model to focus on what students will be able to do, know, and/or feel by the end of your course.
- Articulate learning goals and learning objectives that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.
- Align learning experiences with learning outcomes to optimize student learning.
- Implement course design and teaching strategies to create an inclusive environment and support learning for all students.
Sample schedule for GradCDI
Week 1: Inclusive course design principles
- Student experiences
- Inclusive course design principles
Week 2: Learning outcomes
- Bloom’s taxonomies and SMART learning outcomes
- Course learning goals, learning objectives, and alignment
Week 3: Assessments
- Creating formative and summative assessments
- Grading, rubrics, and reward structures
Week 4: Learning Experiences
- Organizing topics on a syllabus
- Session 2: Structuring active learning lessons
Week 5: A Learner-Centered Syllabus
- Learner-centered syllabus
- Peer review of syllabi
Week 6: Reflecting and Planning Next Steps
- Center for Teaching and Learning opportunities fair
- Reflection, feedback, and learning plans