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Course Design Institute


9:00 – 10:15 am

Designing Student-Centered Learning Outcomes - Fady Morcos, Azza Awwad and Caroline Mitry 
Workshop Presentation

Clear articulation of learning outcomes (LOs) and instructional objectives is key to successful teaching. LOs (what instructors expect their students to know, understand, do and/or value after completion of the learning process) serve as guiding principles for designing appropriate assessment strategies, selecting instructional content, and planning course activities. In this hands-on workshop, participants will be introduced to a student-centered approach to structuring effective learning outcomes; and how to use these to guide the rest of the course design process.

10:30 - 11:45 am

Designing an Engaging Syllabus - Hoda Mostafa and Maha Bali
Workshop Presentation

Do faculty spend a lot of time working on their syllabi? How well do their students read it? In this workshop, we will encourage participants to explore ways of giving their syllabus a makeover in terms of content, aesthetics, medium, and tone, with the purpose of presenting their course(s) in a way that promotes learning and engagement. Participants will leave this workshop with ideas on how to re-design their syllabus and get their students talking and thinking while building excitement around embarking on the course journey.

11:45 am – 12:15 pm  


12:15 – 1:30 pm

Gamifying your Syllabus - Fady Morcos
Workshop Presentation

Games can be an effective tool for the integration of concepts and attitudes within a complex landscape. Integration of game mechanics and game-thinking techniques to non-game platforms has recently gained grounds in multiple domains, including teaching and education. Today's classrooms face major challenges around student motivation and engagement. Game-thinking techniques can greatly enhance the student experience and boost engagement. Adding a “game layer” to a syllabus, course policies, workload, grading system, and learning material can generate products that are very engaging and influential to both the player (student) and the developer of the gamified experience. In this hands-on workshop, participants will apply various gamification techniques that could promote active learning, and enhance student interest and engagement.

1:45 – 3:00 pm

Storyboarding your Course - Hoda Mostafa 
Workshop Presentation and Resources

This workshop will introduce storyboarding as a technique to visualize course content, see connections, plan assessment and align content and learning outcomes with a bird's eye view. Participants will be required to bring along a course syllabus or module and explore conventional paper techniques and Padlet as well as other free web-based platforms that can be used for story-boarding. A follow-up hands-on workshop can be arranged with a minimum of five participants with CLT faculty consultants supporting instructors on experimenting with storyboarding in their course re-design.