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Full Program Schedule

This is the Program Schedule for the 2018/19 USASBE Teaching and Learning Scholars program. Think of it as the definitive reference for what we’ll be doing / did.

Collapse / or expand each date range for details. I’ll announce everything by email too, but check below to stay current.

And for convenience here’s the link to the Curriculum Design Studio Course Experience »

Sep 10-27: Welcome + getting our feet under us

Welcome! This is where the program formally begins. You’ll be invited to get set up in the Curriculum Design Studio course experience. We’ll work to confirm the dates that work for our meetings (this is often more challenging that expected, with international members and teaching schedules, but we’ll get there). And we’ll actually meet each other!

All of this will earn you the last few mini-badges needed to become a Level 1 Scholar.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Sep 10 - 20Welcome and setup!
  • Complete the setup steps on the welcome page ASAP, so we can begin upgrading your account
  • Complete the opening lessons (at the bottom of the page) before Sep 17
Thu Sep 27Today we’ll have our launch meeting:
  • This will be a chance for you to meet others in the cohort and for us to go over what’s coming between now and the end of the calendar year - all in preparation for the January semester during which we’ll meet in person at the USASBE conference and during which most of you will launch your project in / on your classroom, campus, or community.
Dial-in details to be shared by email
Summary of homework before the next phase
  1. Make sure you’re setup on the Curriculum Design Studio course experience (links above) and complete the opening lessons at the bottom of the page before Sept 17
  2. Review the profiles of the other Scholars (to be sent out on or around Sep 21) - Do you know who’s in our cohort and what they’re up to?
  3. Look over your own profile - does it still represent what you want to start the process with?

Sep 28 - Oct 4: Design Group Formation

This period is about forming and getting to know the people in your design group. They will form an important part of the process.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Sep 28 - Oct 4You will be receiving the names of the other people in your design group. This is a subset of the overall cohort that you will work with to help design your project over the coming months.Meet with your design group to get to know each other and set expectations before Oct 5
Summary of homework before the next phase
  1. Meet with your design group to get to know each other and each other’s projects, and set expectations

Oct 5 - Nov 1: Curriculum Design Studio - Iteration 1

It’s time to begin Iteration 1 of the Curriculum Design Studio! In this first iteration you’re going to:

  • Put together a first (succinct and nimble) design baseline
  • Get a first look at one of the key criteria for designing a significant learning experience (being relentless about alignment)
  • Take a first look at your target learner and others in your learning landscape
  • Start pressure-testing your design by yourself and with the help of others
  • Close out with a new snapshot and something we call a look-back learning reflection
DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Oct 5This is the launch of Iteration 1 of the Curriculum Design Studio, and, specifically the following topic: This is meant to help you turn the ideas you have about your project so far into a succinct and nimble design baseline. It’ll serve as the first snapshot in a series of snapshots that will evolve through the iterations. It’s also meant to boil things down so we can focus in the early stages on the most fundamental components and build from there.Nothing’s due yet but you can begin work on your design baseline
Oct 11This is the next step in Iteration in which you will: These are important for you to advance the design baseline you’ve been working on, and they present a key criterion for assessing / pressure-testing your own design before you share it with others in future steps.Again, nothing’s due at this point. Your task is to use these new concepts and the new version of the Learning Experience Snapshot to improve your design before sharing it in subsequent steps.
Oct 21In this step you will: These steps in the design process are about empathizing, hypothesizing, making smart assumptions, testing those assumptions, and refining your design to best serve those across the landscape.
Oct 25The final steps in Iteration 1 have now been posted!
Nov 1Today we’ll have our full cohort meeting for Iteration 1
Summary of homework before the next phase
  1. Get your design baseline down on the Learning Experience Snapshot so you have a more succinct and nimble starting place
  2. Improve on your baseline by pressure-testing it using the constructive alignment criterion and the corresponding version of the Learning Experience Snapshot
  3. Get from target learner to learning landscape using the Value Proposition Wheel for Learning Experiences
  4. Get out of the room to break it and better it with the help of learners and critique partners
  5. Look back on your process so far

Nov 2 - Nov 29: Curriculum Design Studio - Iteration 2

In Iteration 2 of the Curriculum Design Studio, you will:

  • Look at the Learning Motivation Maps and Learning Mindsets of your learners
  • Spend a little time doing the same for yourself
  • Articulate your central question – the bigger picture reason you are doing this work, either from a scholarly or deeply practical standpoint
  • Revise your Learning Experience Snapshot and look back on your experience so far
DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Nov 12This is the launch of Iteration 2 of the Curriculum Design Studio, and, specifically the following topic: This is meant to help you look at what will be motivating your students to learn when they enter into the experience you’re designing.Nothing’s due yet but you it’s important you don’t get behind in the process
Nov 21Taking a step back to look at :
Nov 29Today we’ll have our full cohort meeting for Iteration 2. Be ready to deliver your 4-minute presentation to the rest of the group (details sent via email).
Dec 5Complete your Iteration 2 Learning Experience Snapshot and look-back reflection by today

Nov 30 - Dec 20: Curriculum Design Studio - Iteration 3

Details and dates TBA. Each design iteration, expect related commitments to usually include individual project work (done at your own pace and on your own time using the Curriculum Design Studio resources) + one or more meetings with your design group (scheduled between you) + one cohort-wide meeting.

Dec 20 - Jan 17: Curriculum Design Studio - Iteration 4

Details and dates TBA. Each design iteration, expect related commitments to usually include individual project work (done at your own pace and on your own time using the Curriculum Design Studio resources) + one or more meetings with your design group (scheduled between you) + one cohort-wide meeting.

Jan 23-27 - Activities at the USASBE Conference

Full details TBA, but commitments here will include:

  • An in-person meeting of the full Scholars cohort the morning of Jan 24. The timing of this is still to be confirmed, but we’re thinking 9-11:30 am.
  • Attendance at the Curriculum Design Consortium the afternoon of the 24th. This will be from 1-5 pm.
  • A social event, e.g. a dessert and drinks social, likely on the evening of the 24th
  • Participation in the Scholars showcase session at the conference at which you’ll present the project plan you’re about to implement, and receive feedback and take questions from audience members (this hasn’t been scheduled by the conference organizers yet but we have been advised: “At this point, the best I have for you is sometime on Friday/Saturday. We just finished a rough cut at organizing things into sessions. When that is in good shape, I need to move things into rooms and make sure that I don’t double-book anyone. Once I have that done, I will be able to confirm the where’s and when”).

Project launch phase

Most Scholars will launch their projects during the January – April/May 2019 semester. Activities taking place after the conference to support that work will be announced here closer to the time.

Just click on the other periods of time above to expand them. And watch this space as we build out the schedule for the rest of the program …

At a glance

The table below summarizes the key dates and deliverables at a glance. The full Program Schedule should be consulted for details and any associated links.

DateActivity
Sep 17You need to complete the Welcome and Setup topic of the Curriculum Design Studio course experience by today.
Sep 27Today will be our launch meeting(s). Be sure you’ve reviewed the Scholar profiles before now.
Oct 5Meet with your design group before now
Nov 1Curriculum Design Studio Iteration 1 full cohort meeting (6:30 am or 7 pm mountain)
Nov 29Curriculum Design Studio Iteration 2 full cohort meeting (6:30 am or 7 pm mountain)
Dec 20Curriculum Design Studio Iteration 3 full cohort meeting (6:30 am or 7 pm mountain)
Jan 17Curriculum Design Studio Iteration 4 full cohort meeting (6:30 am or 7 pm mountain)
Jan 24In-person Scholars meeting + Curriculum Design Consortium at the USASBE Conference in St. Pete Beach
Jan 24-27Scholars Showcase Panel + meal together at the USASBE Conference in St. Pete Beach (date TBA once scheduled by conf. organizers)
TBA …Other key dates related to the project launch phase will be posted here …

This section briefly outlines any key resources used in the program.

1. The Curriculum Design Studio course experience

We’re going make extensive use of the Curriculum Design Studio Course Experience » This is made up of:

  • An overarching design-thinking based process for designing learning experiences that are at the same time relevant to your context, true to the right learning objectives, meaningful and significant for your learners, and imminently feasible for you (and your team if you have one) to deliver and assess;
  • A series of mini-courses and worksheets that provide actionable content and guidance throughout; and
  • A corresponding series of Look-Back Learning Reflections where you’ll have to capture what you’ve been learning in the moment, to “level-up” and so you can look back later at both the products and processes of your work as you grow – something you’ll have to do in a sort of evidence-based meta-reflection manner in order to get certified. These use a leading-edge video assessment technology.