Curriculum Design

Curriculum Design

The Instructional Development team helps faculty, instructors, and graduate students with their pedagogical needs through individual consultations, group workshops, online courses, and university-wide events.

We offer

  • Assistance with course (re)design, learning outcomes development, in-course assessments, blending/flipping the classroom, gamification, and teaching/class-management challenges
  • Help finding, using, adapting, and creating open educational resources (OERs)
  • Support for indigenizing and internationalizing the curriculum
  • Online self-instructional units for skills/knowledge development (e.g. Copyright 101, How to Teach Online 101)
  • Links to useful faculty resources

Contact us to see how we can help you!

Craft an Effective Instructor Bio

Decorative: "Instructor Biography"

 

"Using Your Instructor Bio to Humanize Course, Reduce Student Anxiety" (online article) presents 7 specific tips to "craft an effective profile" for your instructor bio in online courses "[t]o help ease ... anxiety ... [and] put students at ease." (Each point is elaborated more fully in the article.)  

1. "Keep it real."

  • "Don’t try to be someone you’re not and don’t feel pressured to create a false persona that you won’t live up to anyway." 

2. "Inspire positivity and excitement."