Course Planning by the Calendar

Course Planning by the Calendar

No matter how many times we teach a course, the end of the semester always plays out in a whirlwind of activity that has teachers and students struggling to keep pace. Sound familiar?

If you would like a different ending to your courses, start at the beginning. Careful course planning minimizes stress and improves learning by reducing the chances of content crush and panic often experienced at the end of the term.

Course Planning by the Calendar, a Magna Online Seminar led by Lolita Paff, PhD, of Penn State Berks. You will learn how to take a more holistic view of your courses by shifting your mindset beyond content to consider course rhythms and the natural ebbs and flows of student motivation.


Upon completion of this seminar, you’ll be able to:

  • Develop a course planning framework that minimizes stress for instructors and students alike
  • Identify common high and low points to create a blank calendar template
  • Explore the purpose of a sample class meeting or online session
  • Consider the impact of pacing: How much time is needed to learn?
  • Chunk content and identify loops—where can prior content be revisited?
  • Examine the big picture—flow, pace, coverage, and cushion


This seminar will benefit:

  • Assistant professors
  • Associate professors
  • Instructors
  • Lecturers
  • Instructional designers


Your seminar registration includes the following:

  • Downloadable PowerPoint presentations from the speaker
  • On-demand access for 1-year
  • Written transcript
  • Supplemental materials
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

For the seminar, you can have as many people participate in the program as you like using the single connection by using a large screen, projector, and speakers.

There is no limit to how many times the seminar is accessed while available.


With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License (or Group License when ordering online), registrants may take the contents of the program CD & place the information on to a password-protected network, server, or web site for additional staff use. The Group License option is not for multiple or unlimited staff from an institution to connect & participate in the live online seminar presentation.

Product Code: PC18SA

Order the purchase plan best for you:
Group License
Campus Access License CD
All-Title Library
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