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Main Badge for the Certificate in Evidence-Based Instruction & Course Development

Through participation in a series of workshops offered by the UHD Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, faculty can earn various badges and micro-credentials, leading to a Certificate in Evidence-Based Instruction and Course Design. Completion of this certificate signifies a dedication to continuous improvement of teaching skills and a commitment to UHD student success. Upon completion, participants will be able to implement backwards course design, identify evidence-based strategies relevant to their courses, and increase student motivation and engagement.

To earn badges, please complete the Badge Survey for each workshop you attend. You can also view the session recordings by clicking the hyperlinked session titles below and then submit the survey to earn the badge. 

Note that in-person sessions were not held for the Online Teaching Design & Delivery micro-credential. You can earn this micro-credential by completing all three modules of the Real-Talk On Best Practices in Online Teaching mini-course. You can register for the mini-course here.


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Earn badges by attending
individual workshops in the
series, facilitated by UHD
faculty and/or CTLE staff.
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Completing three workshops
as grouped below, leads to a
To earn the certificate,
complete 3 of 5 available

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​ ​Decision-Filters.png ​Decision Filters for an Aligned Course Design
An effective and efficient backwards course design process begins with strategic creation of course learning outcomes. Outcomes serve as decision filters for creating aligned learning activities and assessments that accurately reflect learning. In this workshop, you will learn timesaving approaches to creating outcomes that will drive your course design. ​
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How do we develop effective learning assessments to monitor student learning in a way that informs metacognition and our teaching? Here, we will examine learning assessment strategies
ranging from formative to summative and identify which strategies best fit your course structure. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to: 1. Make exams better suit your learning goals,
2. Identify factors that influence test performance, and 3. Provide effective feedback. ​
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Backwards course design ends by identifying relevant course content and how it is delivered. To inform this process, Learning Environment Modeling (LEM) provides a design language to visualize a learning environment with some key instructional priorities at center stage. We will cover the five LEM building blocks (i.e. Information, Dialogue, Feedback, Practice, and Evidence) and visualize how they can be connected to create an optimal learning experience.
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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

In this introductory workshop, participants will explore various sources for efficiently identifying relevant and evidence-based practice that can be applied in their courses. The workshop will include resources available through the UHD library and more broadly online. Finally, we will discuss key principles of experimental design and data collection to equip faculty participants to engage in their own scholarship relative to teaching and learning.


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Flexible Instructional Frameworks

An instructional framework is a set of pedagogical strategies shown to be effective in various contexts. They can be adapted according to individual teaching styles. A good framework is 1. Evidence-based, 2. Structured, 3. Flexible, 4. Transferable, and 5. Logical. In this workshop, attendees will learn about various frameworks, apply appropriate frameworks to different scenarios, and explore ways to adapt frameworks to their style and context.
Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness

Teaching is a cycle of growth, experimentation, and improvement. One way we can grow as teachers is by polling the students we are teaching. Here, we will look at how UHD conducts student evaluations, and plan for them early by selecting questions from those evaluations to incorporate into an anonymous mid-term feedback survey. In this workshop, we will develop a plan to implement the survey and create an action plan




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Creating a Student-Centered Learning Environment

Students learn best where they can be authentic, speak openly, and construct new knowledge through meaningful dialogue. Establishing an environment like this starts before the first day of class, with a carefully crafted syllabus, and it continues with intentional approaches to connecting with students, building an inclusive community, and making the content relevant to the students. In this workshop, participants will learn about syllabus design, inclusive excellence, and relating content to the real world.

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Student Motivation in the Classroom & Beyond

 While extrinsic motivators, like grades, tend to be the focus for most students, we as educators can create a learning environment for student that supports their intrinsic motivation. In this workshop, we will present tangible strategies for enhancing student motivation that are based in self-determination theory.

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Promoting Academic Integrity

 Encouraging academic integrity in the classroom goes beyond establishing hard and fast rules in the syllabus. Open dialogue about the principles of learning are the foundation for helping students understand the why behind the institutions policies regarding academic honesty. In the workshop, practical strategies for encouraging academic integrity will be presented, along with specific monitoring tools.

Writing Within Your Discipline & Giving Effective Feedback Badge Writing Within Your Discipline & Giving Effective Feedback
How do we develop effective assignments that produce the kind of student writing we expect to see? How do we teach writing within our disciplines, but not go crazy under the weight of grading? We will examine differing citation styles and how to utilize library services & resources, as well as techniques for ensuring transparency. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to make assignments that treat writing as formative, create multimodal prompts that address real world opportunities for writing, and give effective feedback on writing that students will actually use.



Embedding Writing in the Disciplines Badge Embedding Writing in the Disciplines Students benefit from a variety of writing activities that can be easily embedded into your course. This workshop will cover using social annotating as a way to improve critical thinking and writing, scaffolding low-stakes writing assignments towards a larger project, creating and using rubrics for writing feedback, and how to draw on writing skills students already bring to your courses.
Writing for English Language Learners Badge Writing for English Language Learners
60% of UHD students feel most comfortable in a language other than English. How does this impact their written fluency, and how might we address their unique needs? Here, we will examine techniques that use strong verbal fluency as a way to improve textual fluency and will consider a variety of specific grammatical and linguistic issues that produce translation errors. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to deploy strategies for improving student fluency within your own discipline, help students understand assignment prompts so they are better able to meet the requirements of the assignment, and find ways to encourage reading writing aloud as an adjunct to revision.

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Converting a FTF Course to Online Badge
Converting a FTF Course to Online Teaching online for the first time can be daunting. How do you decide what material from your FTF course to keep, which file formats to use, and which activities to deploy? In this session, as we will establish a definition for course content, begin to plan for the design of a new online course, discuss web-appropriate content formats, explore strategies for converting content, and look at tools for creating online content
Best Practices with UHD Technology Tools BadgeBest Practices with UHD Technology Tools
UHD is fortunate to have in its array of technology tools a wealth of supplemental solutions to add to Blackboard to make your online a true learning environment. In this session, we will walk through all of the UHD-supported technology tools and discuss instructional best practices for each of them. We will also look at ways to get additional assistance with learning and managing these tools from the instructor and student perspective
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Creating a Community of Inquiry
The most interactive and engaging online courses are taught by instructors who are more facilitators than lecturers. In these courses, students are the builders of knowledge. But how do we get there? In this session, we will discuss strategies and techniques to foster a community of inquiry among your learners.

Last updated 4/30/2020 3:06 AM