Faculty Development Day

"Better Teaching and Learning by Design"

Was held on Thursday, October 25, 2012 • Noon - 4:15 p.m.
101 White Hall, Gandhi Auditorium

Faculty Development Day will begin with a luncheon, which includes the annual Faculty Awards and a presentation by Dr. Fink, followed by a workshop in the afternoon. The presentation and workshop will focus on Backward Design, a common term for learning-centered instructional design.

Better Teaching and Learning – By Design

Dee Fink, Ph.D., Professional and International Consultant in higher education with expertise in integrated course design

Do you sometimes feel like you are putting a lot of effort into your “teaching” but students are not putting the same level of effort into their “learning”? You can change that dramatically by incorporating the principles of Backward Design into your teaching. 


Faculty Awards: 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Presentation: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Workshop: 1:45 - 4:15 p.m.

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Faculty Development Day 2012 Handout

Integrated Course Design and Significant Learning, by Dee Fink

Learning Goals


Teaching/Learning Activities


L. Dee Fink, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized expert on college teaching and faculty development. In 1979 he founded the Instructional Development Program at the University of Oklahoma and served as its director until his retirement in 2005. He was also president of the POD Network (Professional and Organizational Development) in Higher Education. At the present time he works as a professional and international consultant in higher education. He is the author of "Creating Significant Learning Experiences" and co-editor of "Team-Based Learning: A Transformative Use of Small Groups in College Teaching."
12:00 – 12:30 p.m.: Faculty Awards

The Faculty Awards provide a unique opportunity for us to celebrate those who exhibit a strong commitment to teaching while serving as a role model to students, residents and colleagues.  The annual Faculty Awards highlight the importance of teaching and mentoring within the school as well as recognizing those who have excelled in this responsibility.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Presentation

Better Teaching and Learning – By Design

In this presentation, we will identify the Backward Design principles and then the practices needed to operationalize those principles.  People who have used these ideas have seen student attendance increase by 50%, student engagement by 100% and, student learning has more than doubled!

Learning Objectives

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the two basic principles of Backward Design
  • Describe how a primary tool for Backward Design (the 3-column table) operationalizes those two principles
  • List the benefits of following the principles of Backward Design
1:45 – 4:15 p.m.: Workshop

In this workshop session, we will guide all participants through the process of actually using the principles of Backward Design to create the preliminary design for a whole course or instruction unit. In doing this, we will practice three key steps involved in this process:

  • Formulating a set of desired learning outcomes
  • Identifying appropriate assessment activities
  • Creating some in-class application activities

In addition, we will discuss the problems that can arise with a teaching innovation like this and brainstorm possible solutions. 

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop session, participants will be able to:

  • Use the tools and forms needed for the learning-centered design of a whole course or an instructional unit
  • Formulate a range of desired learning outcomes
  • Identify appropriate assessment activities for different kinds of learning
  • Create effective, in-class application activities
  • Anticipate possible problems, and identify solutions for these problems

Wright State University
Boonshoft School of Medicine
Gandhi Auditorium
101 White Hall
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, Ohio

Parking & Directions

White Hall

Office of Academic Affairs
Faculty Development
290 White Hall
Phone: 937.775.2675

E-Mail: BSOM_FacDev@wright.edu

Looking forward to seeing you there!


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