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Course Design Camp

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Last Held: August 1–2, 2019
Next Scheduled: TBD (tentatively August 6–7, 2020)

The CTE's Course Design Camp is a two-day workshop in which participants design a new course, or redesign an existing course, using the principles and processes detailed in L. Dee Fink's book Creating Significant Learning Experiences (2013), with additional support from Elizabeth Barkley and Claire Howell Major, Learning Assessment Techniques (2013). The structured process, focused time on task, on-the-spot consultation, and collegial atmosphere combine to make the Course Design Camp a uniquely supportive environment for course design, a task we all undertake regularly.

If you attended the Course Design Camp and would like to refresh your memory of the process, or you could not attend the most recent Course Design Camp and want to (re)design a course before the next Course Design Camp arrives, DIY options do exist. The Pepperdine Libraries provide ebook access to both of the major resources, and Fink's own website offers a "Self-Directed Guide to Designing Courses for Significant Learning." Working through the self-directed guide won't provide you with the same in-person support and Seaver-specific content as the Course Design Camp itself, but it will provide you with a step-by-step course design structure. And, of course, you should feel free to consult the CTE while you're working through the process.

Works Cited

Barkley, Elizabeth F. and Claire Howell Major. Learning Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2016.

Fink, L. Dee. 2013. Creating Significant Learning Experiences. 2nd ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2013.