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National Workshop: A Change

National Workshop: A Change
During the last few years, the cost and work associated with offering the National Workshop made us re-think this form of working with faculty.  In addition to being a major effort on our part, it was costly for participants:  they had to pay for travel and lodging in Chicago, in addition to the Workshop registration fee.

As a result, we decided this summer to not offer the National Workshop any more, but instead to direct interested people to our online course on “Significant Learning by Design”.

Online Course

Last year (2015), Dee Fink licensed Linda Jacoby to offer his course through her company, Optimize Learning.  He wrote the content for the course and she put it into a form that works excellently as an online course.

This course has participants do essentially what they did at the National Workshop:
  • Participants read about each of the steps involved in Integrated Course Design.
  • They then perform each step, one at a time.
  • They get feedback on each portion of their work from peers in a cohort of other participants AND from an experienced Facilitator.
  • By the end of the course, they will have completed the 3-column table and begun thinking about the weekly schedule.

The total time spent in the online course is about the same: ~15 hours in the National Workshop; in the online course it averages 18-21 hours.

However the time in the online course is distributed over a period of two weeks.  This allows people more time to think about each of the course design steps they are working on.

But there are three other major benefits with the online course compared to the National Workshop:

  1. The online course is offered every month.  Hence it is easier to work into one’s schedule.
  2. The cost of the online course is much less:  $395 rather than roughly $1,300 for most participants.
  3. The online course also works really well for educating adjunct professors.
    • They can do it with a flexible schedule and, as noted above, it costs much less than sending them to the National Workshop.

To get more information about the online course or to sign up for it, you can visit Linda’s website:  www.optimizeleanring.org

 

9th Annual National Workshop on “Designing Courses for Significant Learning”

On May 25-27, 2016, Dee Fink & Associates will again offer their National Workshop on “Designing Courses for Significant Learning” in Chicago, IL.

This year Loyola University Chicago is co-hosting the Workshop with us.  We will hold it at their Water Tower Campus located on the near north side of downtown Chicago.  Some participants might want to take advantage of this and stay over a few nights to explore the fun city of Chicago!

Special Option:  This year there will again be an optional, half-day workshop at the end of the regular workshop, on “Leading Your Own Workshop on Integrated Course Design”.

For more information about the workshop, go to:

http://www.deefinkandassociates.com/index.php/workshops/chicago-2016/

Dee Fink Visits Uruguay to give a Course Design Workshop

In February of 2015 Dee Fink visited Catholic University of Uruguay to give a course design workshop. While there he gave a presentation for campus leaders, i.e., chairs, deans, and provost office personnel, about what they could and would need to do to make their institution more “learning-centered”. There where simultaneous translators at work for those in the audience who needed or wanted it.

Video of that presentation is below:

 

New Course Example Added

We are proud to bring you another new course examples. This course is by Iryna Zhyrun and is on the subject of European Literature.

Be sure to check it out on the Examples page!

8th Annual National Workshop on “Designing Courses for Significant Learning”

On May 19-21, 2015, Dee Fink & Associates will again offer their National Workshop on “Designing Courses for Significant Learning” in Chicago, IL.

New Feature:  This year there will be an optional, half-day workshop at the end of the regular workshop, on “Leading Your Own Workshop on Integrated Course Design”.

For more information about the workshop, go to:

http://www.deefinkandassociates.com/index.php/workshops/chicago-2015/

7th Annual National Workshop on “Designing Courses for Significant Learning”

On May 20-22, 2014, Dee Fink & Associates will again offer their National Workshop on “Designing Courses for Significant Learning” in Chicago, IL.

New Feature:  This year there will be an optional, half-day workshop at the end of the regular workshop, on “Leading Your Own Workshop on Integrated Course Design”.

For more information about the workshop, go to:  www.deefinkandassociates.com/index.php/workshops/chicago-2014/

A New School Organized for Significant Learning

Ajyal International School, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

This is a new, international school that will open this fall in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates.  Michael Gholam has been a major leader in this project.  Given his familiarity with the ideas of designing instruction for significant learning, the whole school has been organized to support and promote the full range of significant learning.

To see more about the school, go to:  www.ajyal.sch.ae 

Updated Edition of “Creating Significant Learning Experiences” Published in August 2013

Creating Significant Learning Experience Book

Jossey-Bass published an Updated Edition of Fink’s book this past August.  The structure and central ideas of the original book remain the same, but many of the examples and references have been updated.  This allows readers to see the current connection between Integrated Course Design and the new ideas continually being produced in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Two New Course Examples Added to Examples Page

We are proud to bring you two new course examples. One course is by Freed, and is on the subject of Music/Regional Studies, and the other course is by Apul, and is on the subject of Engineering.

Be sure to check them out on the Examples page!

Using Integrated Course Design to Prank your Boss

Watch this video to learn how to use Integrated Course Design to prank your boss. This video was presented at the recent POD conference. Enjoy!