Don’t Panic! The Professor’s Guide to Teaching: Course Design

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Course Date: 08 September 2014 to 06 October 2014 (4 weeks)

Price: free

Course Summary

Don't panic! Teaching is an incredibly difficult endeavor, but its foundation is great course design, which is something you can master. Participants in this course will explore (and teach each other!) how to design interesting, engaging classes that will provide students with opportunities for truly significant learning. In this four-week journey, you will develop significant learning goals for your students, learn about and apply authentic assessment practices, examine various types of active learning exercises, and infuse strong design principles throughout the classes you teach. Although the focus will be on college course design, the principles are applicable to any level of education. Join us as we examine the foundation of one of the most important activities on Earth: teaching.

Course Instructors

Bruce Kelley, Ph.D.

Bruce Kelley is the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of South Dakota. He directs a team that is enthusiastically committed to the development of vibrant educational experiences at the University of South Dakota, regardless of teaching modality. The CTL accomplishes this goal through a series of activities that range from one-on-one faculty consultations to online workshops offered nationally to distance faculty. Dr. Kelley’s research has explored pedagogy in a number of different ways, from exploring the use of writing to help students learn music theory to the development of outcomes-based objectives for the purposes of unit-wide assessment. Dr. Kelley received his Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance from Nebraska Wesleyan University, a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Music Theory from The Ohio State University, and a Certificate in Management Development from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education./n/n

Eric Mosterd, M.M., M.A.

Eric Mosterd received an M.M., M.A., and B.A from the University of South Dakota, where he is the assistant director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, providing pedagogical, technical, and quality assurance oversight of distance education instruction. He also serves as an adjunct instructor for the Department of Music at USD, where he teaches Western music history and jazz history. He is an active researcher specializing in the use of technology in pedagogical settings, particularly in music./n/nMr. Mosterd also serves as the Regents Fellow for e-Education Initiatives with the South Dakota Board of Regents. In this position, he provides academic leadership on a variety of technology-based education initiatives for the public higher education system in the state of South Dakota./n/n

Faye Haggar, MS

Mrs. Haggar’s research and teaching interests include educational technology in preservice teaching, the use of technology to enhance learning in higher education, and technology within course redesign models. Mrs. Haggar received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, with a minor in computer science, and a Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction: Educational Technology Facilitation from Black Hills State University. She is currently pursuing her Ed.S. in Educational Administration. Prior to joining the CTL, Mrs. Haggar was the Technology Integrationist for USD's School of Education. She also taught at the elementary level for five years and facilitated several professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers in technology, math, and formative assessment./n/n

Darin Jerke, M.A.

Darin Jerke is program manager for The Center for Teaching and Learning where he oversees online teaching and learning, DDN courses, and correspondence courses. Darin acts as the primary liaison for faculty beginning their online teaching and learning careers. He is also an adjunct instructor for the Department of English where he enjoys teaching composition, literature, and ESL. Darin earned his Bachelor of Science in English and Criminal Justice and his Master of Arts in English with an emphasis in T.E.S.O.L. at the University of South Dakota. Darin enjoys teaching English in an online environment as well as teaching face-to-face. Prior to joining the University of South Dakota, Darin worked as an adjunct instructor at Northeast Community College in South Sioux City, Nebraska, and Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, Iowa./n/n

Weichao Chen, Ph.D.

Weichao Chen received her Ph.D. in Information Science and Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 2012. She received her Master of Education from Peking University in 2008 and her B.S. in educational technology and B.A. in English from Beijing Normal University in 2005. She has published and presented in various international peer-reviewed journals and conferences on instructional design and content presentation of online learning environments, social knowledge construction, program evaluation, faculty development, and learning assessment. In 2013, she was invited as a guest speaker for a two-week, medium-sized open online course on “New Media and Learning” hosted by Peking University in China./n/n


  • Provides video lectures
  • Provides opportunities to interact with the instructor or students
  • Uses discussion forums
  • Some of your work will be assessed by peers
  • You will not be given a final grade in this course
  • You will be expected to work with a group of other students
  • Intended for educators or professionals

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