Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Webinar: Backward Design Within a Course and Across a Curriculum


Faculty, Staff, Graduate & Professional Students, Postdoctoral Fellows

Event Time 

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Event Topic: 

Implementing backward design: successes and challenges

Event Description 

Scientific Teaching in Practice Webinar Series: Backward Design Within a Course and Across a Curriculum

Featured Guest: Clarissa Dirks, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Biology, The Evergreen State College and author of Assessment in the College Science Classroom

Facilitator: Beth Luoma, Ph.D. - Helmsley STEM Education Program Director, Yale University

Zoom Link to Join Webinar: https://zoom.us/j/535607497


When sitting down to plan a course, it may be tempting as instructors to consider what we would like to “cover,” from including our favorite textbooks on the syllabus to planning lectures on the topics and concepts we find the most exciting. But is this the best way to design a course for our students? In this second installment of the Scientific Teaching in Practice Webinar series, Clarissa Dirks will briefly introduce participants to backward design - a goal-driven, student-centered approach to course and curriculum planning that aligns learning objectives, assessments and learning activities. After defining what backward design is, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the successes and challenges they have encountered (or might expect to encounter) implementing backward design in their teaching.


Click here for more information on the Scientific Teaching in Practice Webinar series.