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Course Design

This is a collection of resources to help you design engaging courses that enhance student learning. Please contact us if you would like to explore any of these topics further.


Inclusive Course Design

Inclusive course design is an iterative process that begins with adopting a reflective and equity-minded approach to teaching and learning. An equity-minded approach involves intentionally applying pedagogical strategies to curriculum development and assessment that engage students in meaningful, relevant, and empowering learning experiences as well as identifying and removing barriers to student success.

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Incorporating Multimodal Assessment into Your Course

Multimodal assessments are alternative, often digital, assessments that allow students to demonstrate skills and knowledge in a new way by presenting them in multiple forms. Multimodal assignments can either stand alone as an independent assessment or ask students to re-envision an existing assignment, like an essay, into a different format, like a podcast or infographic.

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Related Workshops

Introduction to Backward Design

Interested in creating a course from scratch? In this interactive workshop, participants learn and apply strategies for effective course design. Topics include understanding the value and structure of the backward design process as well as drafting learning goals, assessments, and learning experiences that align with each other. A recording of the workshop is also available.

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a pedagogical framework focused on responding to learner diversity by designing flexible pathways to engage, represent, and express knowledge. This three-part series covers the three components of UDL: The Why of Learning, The What of Learning, and The How of Learning, the last of which is particularly relevant in an assessment context.

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