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Design Sprints

Whether you are teaching for the first time, revising an old course, or simply looking for new, evidence-based practices - join us for a Design Sprint. This free program focuses on in-person, blended, and online courses and consists of four webinars, plus 1:1 instructional design support.

This program will guide you to:

  • Build community in your course¬†
  • Incorporate inclusive and engaging teaching practices
  • Design an effective ELMS user-experience
  • Align assignments to your course goals
  • Increase feedback and simplify communication with your students
  • Develop multimedia for effective learning

Schedule of Offerings:

This program runs four times each year: August, November, January, and May

  • Register now for the January Session!
  • Meet four times via Zoom during the three weeks before the semester starts.
    • Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, 10-11:30 AM EST
    • Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, 10-11:30 AM EST
    • Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, 10-11:30 AM EST
    • Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, 10-11:30 AM EST

Testimonials from UMD Instructors

I appreciated the piece-by-piece activities to work on our courses, because that helped me focus on just one thing at a time. I was able to spend each week thinking about one aspect of the course, and now I feel like I have a much stronger handle on my course as a whole. (June 2020 participant)

I liked the layer of comforting support overall... to know I am not alone in what I don't know! (Nov 2020)

I liked how it offered a holistic approach to cultivating a learning environment that I can apply to different modalities and all of my classes. (May 2021)

The 1:1 consultations were incredibly helpful! Thank you so much! (Nov 2020)

It was all very good with a lot of information that I needed. So much info, I feel I could take it again and again and learn something new each time. (June 2020)

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