March 19, 2020

COVID-19 Teaching: Backward Design

If you teach at a college or university, you've joined a club of instructors who have made it through 2/3 of the semester and now need to restructure your class to be online or completed remotely. COVID-19 has forced students out of the classroom, and we're really starting a grant experiment to see how we can construct student learning opportunities quickly and in a completely different manner than we had planned.

I'm starting a new series of videos, called "1.5-minute Teaching" in which you'll find short but (hopefully) helpful ideas to help with teaching in this scenario. And, maybe the ideas will be useful later in the normal world as well!

First off, let's talk about Backward Design. Your first step is to figure out what you are going to do--you have to change the syllabus. What content can you keep? How do you redo this section of the semester?

Backward Design is a great tool for constructing your course. If you haven't used it before, here's a great chance to use it for a small piece of your course. Take a listen!

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