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Quick Take: How to Plan a Single Class Session

June 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT


Get an overview of key lesson-planning topics – like backwards design, learning objectives, assessment, and more – in this one-part online workshop designed for grad students and postdocs who have had some teaching or TAing experience. Participants will discuss concepts from Universal Design for Learning and emphasize the use of frequent formative feedback as an equitable way to promote learning. An explicit goal of this workshop is to help future faculty feel more empowered and confident in their own pedagogical decision-making. By the end of this workshop, participants will be prepared to:

  • Identify several “big ideas” in their disciplines (core concepts/skills).
  • Align learning objectives, assessments, and learning activities for a single class session based on the big idea they selected.


Chas Brua, Pennsylvania State University
John Elia, Pennsylvania State University
Shannon McClellan Brooks, Pennsylvania State University

Workshop Schedule

This one-session online workshop meets online in Zoom on Thursday, June 27 at 1-2:30pm Atlantic / 12-1:30pm Eastern / 11am-12:30pm Central / 10-11:30am Mountain / 9-10:30am Pacific.


This workshop is designed for grad students and postdocs who have had some teaching or TAing experience.

Registration and Enrollment

Cap: 50. Registration opens on Monday, June 3 at at 1pm Atlantic Time / 12pm Eastern / 11am Central / 10am Mountain / 9am Pacific, and will close when capacity is reached. Registration will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and registrants from CIRTL member institutions or alumni of CIRTL member institutions will receive priority. Once registration closes, all registrants will be notified of their enrollment status.



If you have access needs, please let us know what they are. Contact Kate Diamond (, who is supporting this workshop, to let us know how we can help you have a successful experience. In addition to meeting individualized needs, we will also take measures throughout the workshop to support accessibility for all our students:

  • Using alt-text on images in reading materials
  • Sending pre-session reminders with upcoming assignments to all students
  • Sharing materials for synchronous sessions with students (slides, activity instructions, etc.)
  • Enabling live captioning in synchronous sessions
  • Incorporating multiple modes of interaction into synchronous sessions

Learning Outcomes

All CIRTL Network programming is designed to help participants achieve familiarity with our Core Ideas. This workshop is designed around the following learning outcomes.

Associate: Evidence-based teaching

  • Describe and recognize the value of realistic well-defined, achievable, measurable and student-centered learning goals.
  • Describe several assessment techniques and recognize their alignment with particular types of learning goals.
  • Describe several known high-impact, evidence-based effective instructional practices and materials and recognize their alignment with particular types of learning goals.


June 27
11:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT
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