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Course design assistance offered for graduate students

Registration for CTAL’s graduate pedagogy course now open

University of Delaware graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are invited to register for a graduate pedagogy course UNIV 600 (Learning), presented by the Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning (CTAL).

This course will offer students an opportunity to design an introductory course in their disciplines and to learn the process of course design from beginning to end. Students and postdoctoral fellows in all programs are welcome to participate in this interdisciplinary exploration of the course design process.

UNIV 600 is a hybrid zero-credit course, taught half online and half in-person in order to accommodate the schedules of participants. As a zero-credit course, students are able to formally register and have the course appear on their transcripts with no additional cost or impact on credit load. However, participants should plan to work two to three hours per week on this course.

Class sessions are treated like hands-on workshops where participants will have the opportunity to receive tailored feedback and work with peers. Feedback from previous students in the course shows that students especially appreciated this aspect of the course. One participant said, “The class activities were very interactive. I liked the fact that I shared my thoughts of the syllabus with other students. As a result, I got more ideas for my personal development as an instructor.”

As a result of taking this course, students will be able to:

  • Articulate their personal rationale/narrative for how they will teach an introductory course,
  • Create clear learning objectives for an introductory course, and
  • Design a syllabus for an introductory course in their discipline.

One hundred percent of students who participated in the course in 2017 reported that it was either successful or very successful in meeting these objectives.

Interested participants should email CTAL-info@udel.edu to register.

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