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Integrated Course Design to Improve Student Learning

Workshop presented by
Faculty Development Staff

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center


Some courses have a profound impact on students’ learning. These courses are well-designed, address course-related challenges, and integrate course components to effectively meet course goals and objectives. Can all courses be designed this way? Are there general principles that can help us design courses for effective student learning? If you are wondering about these questions, then this workshop is for you.

This hands-on workshop is based on Dee Fink’s model of course design (Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses, John Wiley & Sons, 2003), and describes a logical approach that leads to integrated and meaningful courses that increase student learning. This workshop will cover various stages of course design, including identifying situational factors that affect the course, developing course objectives, matching objectives with content and assessment activities, selecting engaging instructional delivery strategies, and ensuring the course design leads to meaningful learning among students.

The workshop will be presented by Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center staff who have participated in Dee Fink’s program on course design and have permission from Dee Fink to use his model and resources. Faculty, instructors, and teaching staff will benefit from the strategies presented in this workshop whether they are (re)designing a few class sessions, a whole course, or an entire curriculum. Participants must bring a syllabus or details for the course they wish to (re)design.

Tentative Agenda:

Morning Session
8:00 am
Check-in and Refreshments
8:30 am
Introduction and Overview of the Workshop
8:45 am
Situational Factors
10:15 am
Refreshment Break
10:30 am
Learning Goals, Feedback and Assessment
12:00 pm
Lunch in the Blackhawk Cafeteria
Afternoon Session
1:00 pm
Teaching and Learning Activities
2:30 pm
Refreshment Break
2:45 pm
Integration and Course Structure
3:45 pm
Wrap-up, Evaluation and Certificate Presentation
4:00 pm
Workshop Closing

Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information:

This workshop is open only to NIU faculty, instructors, and teaching staff. Registered participants will receive workshop materials, lunch and refreshments, and a certificate of participation. If you do not wish to receive a certificate, please inform the Center while registering for the workshop. Seating is limited to 25 participants and advanced registration is required.

Registration Deadline: June 15, 2010. Due to the expensive nature of the program and the advanced notice needed for arranging food and materials, please register by the deadline and plan to attend the entire workshop, if you register. After you register, if you are unable to attend, please inform the Center by June 18, 2010 by emailing to so that those on the waiting list may be given the opportunity to attend the workshop or program costs can be reduced.

Registration is closed for this program.

Last Updated: 07/10/2014