Course Design for the Common Good - An Introduction

Join colleagues for three days in June to implement a few thoughtful design principles for enhancing the communication of your learning goals and for making assignments more transparent.

Date & Time:

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
June 14 (9 AM-1:30 PM); June 15 (online, asynchronously in Blackboard); and June 16 (9 AM-1:30 PM) Attendance is required during all three days of the workshop.


St. Paul Campus

Your design choices can help make visible the hidden curriculum and ensure that success in your course is not contingent on possessing particular forms of cultural capital. This is not a ‘dumbing down’ of expectations but rather a dismantling of barriers to success – making academic success available to a wider range of students and strengthening learning for all students in your class.

Course Design for the Common Good is an approach to designing learning experiences that reach and support St. Thomas’ increasingly diverse student population. 

These strategies create the conditions that allow all students to thrive, and that is a big part of the “common good” we strive for as instructors.

Photo showing four adults at a table working together on an assignment during the January 2016 Course Design for the Common Good workshop held by the Center for Faculty Development.In this blended workshop, you will be introduced to aspects of Course Design for the Common Good (CDCG) and its impact on student learning. You will have multiple opportunities to apply CDCG principles to existing assignments. The transferrable principles can be applied to a range of teaching and delivery methods spanning face-to-face, blended, and online classrooms.

This workshop is open to all faculty, adjunct and full-time. During the workshop, you will be actively applying the CDCG principles to their course. Please plan come to the workshop prepared to revise at least one of your existing assignments. A modest stipend of $200 will be provided for faculty who revise a course assignment/activity to incorporate the principles and strategies from the workshop.

Interested but still unsure? Read the highlights of the inaugural workshop in January 2015. 

"This workshop offered impactful techniques and concepts that will help me be a better instructor!"

“[I] will be much more mindful of my assignment guidelines and will begin to think about the idea of multiple modality and student choice to reach the variety of learners.”

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