Workshops focus on Essential Studies course design

Special emphasis course design workshops are set for Friday, Feb. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Following a general introduction to Outcome Based Curriculum Design and the ES Program, focused workshops will be offered. Sign up for one of the following:

o Workshop on Quantitative Reasoning
o Workshop on US Diversity and Global Diversity
o Workshop on Advanced Communication
o Workshop on the ES Capstone

To participate in one of the workshops, please RSVP by Jan. 31 via e-mail to OID at (and indicate which workshop you will attend).

The new Essential Studies Program will be implemented for entering first-year students in fall 2008. It emphasizes a stronger focus on specific learning goals and advocates practices that will help students better understand the value of general education. To help faculty, departments and programs provide adequate course offerings for students in the new program, the Essential Studies Transition Team is offering these Course Design Workshops. Four workshops will take place Friday, Feb. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m., and each will focus on ES Special Emphasis course requirements: quantitative reasoning (Q); US diversity (U) and global diversity (G); advanced communication (A); and the ES capstone. Participants in the workshop will receive help in designing courses to be offered to meet the requirements, in articulating student learning outcomes and assessment methods for the course/s and in preparing to validate those courses. Further information on the new Essential Studies (ES) program is available online at
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development,, 777-4233