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Monthly Archive for August, 2015

The first week of class is already over, and the semester is off and running, ready or not.  How was the first day?  Did you make any mistakes? Is there anything you would like to do over again?  Well, you cannot get that first day back again, but there are still many things you can […]

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7 Tips for the First Day

Students are back in the residence halls, syllabi are (mostly) written, and somewhere, right now, a professor is planning the first day of class. A few minutes for the syllabus, then letting out early? Maybe go around the room and check attendance before they leave? While the first class may seem unimportant, it can actually […]

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In last week’s blog post we discussed generating learning goals and planning assessments for your course. Now that you’ve decided what you want your students to learn and how you’ll evaluate their learning, it’s time to translate these plans into a syllabus and a semester of learning activities. Syllabus Design In addition to serving as an informational […]

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With the start of the semester fast approaching we will spend this week’s post examining a simplified introduction to Backwards Course Design by focusing on determining learning goals and planning out assessment styles for a new class. And make sure to come back next week, when the topics of syllabus creation and lesson planning will […]

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