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Practical Solutions for Faculty: Planning and Designing a Course

For faculty searching for a deeper understanding of course planning tools such as backward design, mastery grading, and universal design for learning, this Magna Online Course provides you with practical guidance from expert educators who have implemented these strategies in their own classrooms.

Group Enrollment Pricing
1 person$329 per person
2-4 people$295 per person
5-9 people$209 per person
10-19 people$165 per person
20-39 people$139 per person
Group Enrollment discounts are applied in the cart.
The course enrollment will expire one year after activation.
“This was a very informative course.”
Heather Hardie
Director Horticulture and Turfgrass, Brunswick Community College

Successful student learning begins with an effectively designed course. In fact, student engagement and deep learning increase when courses are well planned with purposeful, measurable learning outcomes. Most faculty are aware of concepts such as backward design, mastery learning, specifications grading, and universal design for learning but actually implementing these concepts during course planning can be daunting.

Practical Solutions for Faculty: Planning and Designing a Course is a 10.5-hour Magna Online Course in which tenured experts guide you through implementing these typically daunting concepts so you plan your next course or revitalize an existing one in the most effective and efficient ways possible.

Practical Solutions for Faculty: Planning and Designing a Course contains short programs that cover highly important questions and topics related to successfully planning and designing a course. You’ll receive an overview of—as well as practical steps to implement—key concepts in creating a college-level course:

  • Planning
  • Backward Design
  • Assessment and Grading
  • Universal Design for Learning

Effective course planning and design is the foundation of student engagement, learning, and success. Learn from expert educators as you refine and improve your courses with Practical Solutions for Faculty: Planning and Designing a Course.

This asynchronous course also features transcripts, note-taking guides, supplementary materials, and regular assessments to enhance your learning, as well as a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

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Learning Goals

After completing Practical Solutions for Faculty: Planning and Designing a Course, you’ll be able to:

  • Develop a course plan for your online, blended, or face-to-face course that includes topics, content, objectives, and assessments
  • Determine the four different types of choice that can be used in face-to-face and online course
  • Identify practical ways to incorporate backward design principles into your own course design workflow
  • Analyze potential ways to leverage technology to implement mastery learning while grading
  • Adopt a scaffolded grade structure that rests on completion-only and feedback-only learner activities
  • Design assessments that target competency vs. factual knowledge
  • Strategically align assessments with the appropriate level of cognition
  • Explain how UDL provides structure to design flexible assessments which gives students the opportunity to show what they know in more than one way

Who Will Benefit From This Course:

  • Faculty
  • Educational Developers
  • Instructional Designers

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Discount pricing is available for multiple seats purchased at the same time.
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The course enrollment will expire one year from date of purchase.

Product Code: PO21DA

Meet Your Presenters

Kristin Ziska Strange
Associate Director of Online Program Development & Instructional Design, Tufts University

Lolita Paff, PhD
Associate Professor, Penn State Berks

Vicki Caruana, PhD
Academic Program Manager, City University of New York School of Professional Studies

Tona Hangen, PhD
History Professor, Worcester State University

Erin Malone, PhD
Professor of Large Animal Surgery and the Assistant Dean of Curriculum, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine

Thomas Tobin, PhD
Program Area Director, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Anthony Sweat, PhD
Associate Professor of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University

Flower Darby
Faculty and Author of Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes

Eric J. Moore, PhD
Consultant, Innospire Education Consulting

Maria Marconi, EdD, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of Rochester


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Group Enrollment Pricing
1 person$299 per person
2-9 people$229 per person
10-49 people$179 per person
50-99 people$159 per person
Group Enrollment discounts are applied in the cart.
The course enrollment will expire one year after activation.
If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you may cancel the order within 30 days of purchase and receive a full refund.

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