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All Facilitators - 40 minutes

  • Welcome: Introductions (at your table and facilitators)
  • Pre-Survey - How did we use the information?
  • Burning questions about course design.
  • CDI overview : CDI Outcomes
  • CDI Schedule

Day 1 Learning Outcomes

Theme: Building a Context: Starting With the “Why”?

Essential Question for Day 1: Why might students care about my course?'

The CDI focuses on the application of the backward design approach. On Day 1 you will understand how "big ideas" may be useful in guiding the design of your course. You will work in design feedback groups to offer and integrate feedback on course plans in progress. By the end of day 1, you should be able to:

  • Apply the backward design concept to the design of your course
  • Articulate "big ideas" for your course
  • Integrate learner-centered considerations into your course design
  • Prioritize course level learning that aligns with your "big ideas"

Course Design: Table Discussions

9:45-10:05 with Sue

Discussion: Learner-Centeredness

Purpose: To activate prior knowledge (and recent information via readings) and experience related to the concept of learner centeredness and course design.

Table Discussion: at your tables discuss the following:

1. Please share anything you found significant or surprising through your reading of the pre-work articles.

2. In what ways does learner-centeredness show up in your own teaching practice? (Do you have concerns about implementing a learner-centred approach, or are there aspects of learner-centeredness you find challenging?)

Learning Centered Approach

10:05-11:05 with Sue

Snapshot: Student Development Theory

Purpose: to support a deeper understanding of the student experience by situating it in student development theory.

Michael Wesch - 2014 at Pasadena City College - excerpt from talk (16:15 -19:40)

Challenge: How do we move students from seeking the right answers to asking their own questions?

Purpose: to introduce key concepts related to learner centeredness in course design.

Group Activity : At your tables, work with an example learning activity to determine to what degree it is learner centered and propose changes to bring it in line with learner centered practice. Discuss and prepare to share back:
  • What characteristics of learner-centeredness are highlighted in your example? Consider the five characteristics of learner-centered teaching in your response.
  • In what ways does this activity align with core human elements related to learning: belonging, relevance, diversity of experience?
  • What would you change/adapt to make it more learner centered (if changes are necessary)? Consider the 5 Key Changes to Practice in your deliberations.

Resources for group work:

Plan Your Course: Context and Learners: Independent Work

11:05-11:35 am with Judy

Independent Work: Key Question 1: What factors influence the design of your course?

Focus on your course and use your knowledge of the factors that may influence the design of your course to address the first question from the Course Design Working Doc (please create your own copy)

  • Use the information you gathered for your Planning Your Course: Things to Consider
  • Consider what you know about the learners who are likely to take your course.
  • Identify any other curricular factors or constraints that may have an impact on your course design.

Design Feedback Groups

11:35-12:00 noon

Design Feedback Groups: Group huddle: getting acquainted
  • Introductions: the course you are working on and your anticipated challenges.
  • Collaboratively develop group guidelines and purpose: 1:1 consultation, feedback from peers.


1:00-4:30 pm

Day 3, Active Learning

Instructional Skills Workshop June 2012

Day 2: Large Group Session

A Quick Survey

Does anyone of the following statements resonate with you?

  • Do they really get it?
  • Can they tell the differences between X and Y?
  • How are they doing with their term project?
  • Are they ready for the next assignment?
  • I wonder if they have the right study skills.
  • How's my teaching?
  • Do they think the exam was fair?

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Compare classroom assessment with traditional evaluation

By the end of this session and with some internet resources and your peers, you will be able to:

  • Name and describe 2 to 3 classroom assessment techniques
  • Plan an application of one technique in your own classroom (or potential classroom)


When you consider those questions asked in the beginning, which element of the BOPPPS model do they belong to?

What are some techniques you have seen so far?

CAT Vs Traditional Evaluation

Classroom assessment techniques (CATs) are mostly simple, non-graded, anonymous, in-class activities that give both teachers and learners feedback on the teaching-learning process.

Fill in the blank, on a flipchart

  • Usually on content
  • Formative
  • Midterms, Finals, Projects, etc
  • Mutually beneficial
  • On content, process, value, attitude, teaching and learning
  • Various
  • Summative: for grades
  • One-way
Traditional Evaluation Classroom Assessment
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Any question before we continue?

Classroom Assessment Techniques

In pairs or triad:

  • Consider a situation in your classroom in which a CAT may help
  • What do you want to assess?
    • Assessing Prior Knowledge, Recall and Understanding
    • Assessing Skills in Analysis and Critical Thinking
    • Assessing Skills in Synthesis and Creative Thinking
    • Assessing Skills in Problem Solving
    • Assessing Skills in Application and Performance
    • Assessing Students' Awareness of Their Attitudes and Values
    • Assessing Students' Self-awareness as Learners
    • Assessing Course-Related Learning and Study Skills, Strategies, and Behaviors
    • Assessing Learner Reactions to Teaching and Teachers
    • Assessing Learner Reactions to Class Activities, Assignments, and Materials

  • Record the following on a flipchart:
    • Name of CAT
    • What it assesses
    • A brief description of the CAT (in one short sentence)
    • Describe your situation (in one sentence)
    • How you may adapt it
  • Post your flipcharts

Application Card

On an index card, write down how you are going to apply one thing you learned today in your class

Learning Objectives - Part 2

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Compare classroom assessment with traditional evaluation

By the end of this session and with some internet resources and your peers, you will be able to:

  • Name and describe 2 to 3 classroom assessment techniques
  • Plan an application of one technique in your own classroom (or potential classroom)

In addition:

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the teaching techniques used in the session

Furthermore, my teaching goals were to:

  • demonstrate a variation of the BOPrPPoS model: BOPrPPoPPoPPoSO :)
  • show the potential uses of UBC Wiki in teaching
  • demonstrate the use of a wiki as a teaching tool

Wrap-up, Q and A

UBC Wiki References

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For a complete bibliography, please visit the CTLT's shared folder on Refworks.

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  • Mann, K. B. (2000). You can herd CATs: Assessing learning in the humanities. College Teaching, 48(3), 82-89. Ubc-elink.png
  • Rouseff-Baker, F., & Holm, A. (2004). Engaging faculty and students in classroom assessment of learning. New Directions for Community Colleges, (126), 29-42. Ubc-elink.png
  • Stein, B., & Haynes, A. (2011). Engaging faculty in the assessment and improvement of students' critical thinking using the critical thinking assessment test. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 43(2), 44-49. Ubc-elink.png

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