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Transforming or Developing Courses with Backwards Design

Why Design

Undergoing a structured course design process like Backwards Design can seem overwhelming or counterintuitive, especially if you are unfamiliar with course design methodologies. However, these methods are designed to provide educators with opportunities to systematically explore their teaching, better align their teaching with students' needs, and situate courses more clearly within the overarching curriculum. As an added benefit, Backwards Design can also help you manage your teaching workload and foster more inclusive classrooms.

Link to "Can Design Thinking Redesign Higher Ed?" - Chronicle of Higher Education (Web article)

Link to "Keeping Stress from Evolving into Distress: A Guide on Managing Student Stress through Course Design" (Web article) - Center for Teaching Vanderbilt University


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Link to "How Design Thinking Can Be Applied Across the Campus" - Chronicle of Higher Education (Web Article)

Link to "You'll Never Learn! Students can't resist multitasking and it's impairing their memory." (Web Article)