Graduate Theological Union

Course Design and Moodle Workshops

Monday, March 20, 2017 (All day)

These workshops are designed to guide faculty and doctoral students through current issues in pedagogy and technology.  All workshops will take place in the Collaborative Learning Space (formerly the "Teaching Lab") in the library.  A workshop with two dates indicates that the workshop is repeated.  Doctoral students who complete four of the seven workshops and submit a "Teaching Philosophy" to Dr. Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero qualify for receiving an official letter of completion.


Collaborative Learning with Discussion Forums and Group Writing

This workshop introduces participants to using group and class discussions in residential and online courses.  Defining and assessing successful discussions group-writing projects will be the primary focus, including using Moodle’s Forum and Wiki modules.

Monday, March 20, 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Friday, March 24, 10:00 to 11:30 am


Assessment with Rubrics and Moodle’s Gradebook

Performing concrete assessment is an important part of a course.  One important tool is the grading rubric.  This workshop provides ideas for creating rubrics, adding them to Moodle, and using Moodle’s gradebook to do all the math for assessment.

Monday, April 3, 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Friday, April 7, 10:00 to 11:30 am


Developing Student Learning Outcomes

Key to course development is the construction of concrete learning outcomes.  This workshop details ways of creating and revising student learning outcomes, tying them to assessable artifacts, and looking at other forms of knowledge in Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Monday, April 10, 3:00 to 4:30 pm


Flipping the Classroom

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have all the “lecturing” happen as homework, and spend the face-to-face class time as discussion and group work?  This workshop looks at the idea of “flipping” the classroom to allow more interactivity in the residential course.

Monday, April 17, 3:00 to 4:30 pm


Designing for Flow and Function: An Overview of Moodle and Accessibility

Moodle provides lots of options for making online courses appear the way you want them.  This introductory workshop on Moodle will guide participants through the Moodle interface with an eye toward design.  This workshop will also look at Moodle’s built-in tools to address issues of accessibility.

Monday, April 24, 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Friday, April 28, 10:00 to 11:30 am


Student Assessment with Quizzes

Quizzes are still a popular way of assessing students’ progress throughout a course.  Quizzes can also provide opportunities to teach students interactively through various types of feedback.  This workshop looks at Moodle’s Quiz module to design traditional and developmental quizzes.

Monday, May 1, 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Friday, May 5, 10:00 to 11:30 am


Creating Engaging Presentations

Presentations (traditional lectures, PowerPoints, Prezis, interactive media) serve a central role in our courses.  In this workshop, participants will look at presentations in both the residential and online environment by creating storyboards to tell your topic’s “story.”

Monday, May 8, 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Friday, May 12, 10:00 to 11:30 am