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

 

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