Course Preparation Retreat

The CTE offers a virtual Course Preparation Retreat open to all faculty and Teaching Fellows at Boston College prior to the fall and spring semesters. The four-day retreat provides a structured opportunity for instructors to work on preparing their courses in conversation with colleagues.

Overall Structure: To allow for easier collaboration among participants, the retreat focuses 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 provides resources targeted to each day’s topic:

Day 1: Defining learning goals

Day 2: Designing major assessments

Day 3: Scaffolding student learning

Day 4: Constructing equitable learning environments

Daily Schedule: Participants log into Zoom each day at 9:15 for an hour-long workshop about that day’s focus and a chance to set their intentions for the day. They then log off to work independently. At 2:30, participants reconvene on Zoom, where they have the opportunity to share what they’ve been working on and get feedback from a small group of colleagues. We will end each day by 4:00 (if not earlier).

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

Accommodation Requests

The Center for Teaching Excellence is committed to providing equal access to its events and programs. Individuals who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about access may contact