Organizing Your Teaching: Learning Objectives and Backward Design (For Graduate Students)
Learn about and engage with the backward design approach to lesson planning to better organize your teaching and your students' learning. Join the CTL for a two-hour workshop for graduate students focused on giving you a scalable conceptual framework to help you plan an activity, a class session, or an entire course. In this workshop, you will learn about backward design: an end-in-mind approach to instruction to facilitate your students' learning. We will engage with strategies to determine and describe learning objectives for your students, and discuss the use of these learning objectives to help drive assignments, feedback, and in-class activities. The Essentials of Teaching and Learning workshops for graduate students are focused on giving you tools as a new or developing instructor to better facilitate student learning and improve your teaching practice. To learn more about more opportunities for graduate students beginning to teach, visit our website at http://ctl.columbia.edu/graduate-instructors/.
By the end of this session, participants should be able to:
Describe the Backward Design process and how to use this approach to their won teaching practice.
Develop learning objectives for their students.
Explain the connection between learning objectives, assessments, and assignments.