Course Preparation Retreat

The CTE will offer its second Course Preparation Retreat from August 9-12, 2021 over Zoom. Open to all faculty and Teaching Fellows at Boston College, this four-day virtual retreat provides a structured opportunity for instructors to work on preparing their courses in conversation with colleagues. If you participated in the retreat in January, you are welcome to sign up again. Please note: the material covered will be similar to the January retreat, with a few updates.

Space is limited, so please indicate your interest via this form by Friday, July 30. We will contact you regarding your participation by Wednesday, August 4.

Overall Structure: To allow for easier collaboration among participants, the retreat will focus on a different aspect of course preparation each day, with participants identifying their own daily work goals within that general structure. A companion Canvas course will provide resources targeted to each day’s topic:

Day 1: Clarifying course goals and aligning assessments

Day 2: Building an inclusive and motivating classroom climate

Day 3: Planning learning activities and feedback strategies

Day 4: Mapping out course content and weekly rhythm

Daily Schedule: Participants will log into Zoom each day at 9:15 for a brief orientation to that day’s focus and a chance to set their intentions for the day. They then will log off to work independently. At 2:30, participants will reconvene on Zoom, where they will have the opportunity to share what they’ve been working on and get feedback from a small group of colleagues.

Additional Help Available: CTE staff will be available via Zoom each day to serve as sounding boards for participants as they work out their ideas.

Accommodation Requests

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