Thursday, June 4, 2020, 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Thursday, June 11, 2020, 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Thursday, June 18, 2020, 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Thursday, June 25, 2020, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

In response to COVID-19 and its impact on academia, the Center for Teaching has canceled the on-campus 2020 Course Design Institute. Instructors interested in learning about or refreshing their knowledge of the principles of course design are encouraged to enroll in Cornerstones for Course Design.

This series of four interactive webinars will use an integrated approach to backward course design to develop a flexible and inclusive pedagogical plan. After completing the series, participants will be able to:

  • Develop strategies that help students learn the main ideas and core tasks of the course.
  • Explore the process of using integrated backward course design to develop a course.
  • Evaluate the alignment of situational factors, learning goals and objectives, assessment plans, and learning activities in the design of a course.
  • Employ transparent communication strategies to help students better comprehend the reasons for course and assignment design. 

Cornerstones for Course Design offers a foundational view of backward course design. Faculty who take part in the webinars are encouraged to participate in a future on-campus Course Design Institute.

The webinars will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursdays in June. Learn more about Cornerstones for Course Design

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Center for Teaching in advance at 319-335-6048 or