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Nanocourses are intensive mini-courses focused on complex pedagogical topics that provide you the opportunity to learn about and apply new teaching strategies and skills to your own work. 

Rules of the Game:
  • Nanocourses typically meet for 6-8 hours over a two or three-day period.​
  • We generally offer nannocourses on two subsequent Fridays.


 Nanocourses 2016-2017


 Diversity & Inclusive Teaching @ CU Denver, Fridays, Oct. 14 & 21

Fridays, October 14 & 21, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm​

CU Building, Room 1110

As an instructor at the University of Colorado Denver, how can you contribute to a campus climate where all students feel valued and fully supported as members of our academic community?  This is the key question behind the upcoming nanocourse on Diversity & Inclusive Teaching at CU Denver.  This nanocourse includes two ½ day sessions which focus on helping you to develop concrete strategies for inclusive teaching through classroom practices, course design, and both formal and informal interactions with students.  Participants will have opportunities to: (1) apply research-based approaches to designing courses that effectively support the learning of all students; (2) brainstorm assignments and activities that leverage student diversity; (3) practice responding to classroom “hot moments” in ways that advance student learning; and (4) develop strategies for establishing classroom climates in which students feel valued and supported.  This nanocourse will be facilitated by Dr. Diane Estrada, Associate Professor in the School of Education and Human Development.


 Teaching Condensed Format Classes, Fridays, April 6 & 20

Fridays, April 6 & 20, 9:00 - 1:00 pm, LSC, CU Online, 1300D 


If you are teaching in Maymester or Summer and are dedicated to creating a rich and challenging course that supports deep and meaningful student learning, than this nanocourse is for you.  We will focus intensely on identifying and addressing the unique challenges of teaching intensive courses with an eye toward effective use of Canvas to help facilitate both online and F2F delivery.  By participating in this nanocourse you will: (1) develop strategies to keep students engaged, motivated, and learning during long focused periods of study; (2) design a clear and organized structure for your course; (3) create concise and measurable learning outcomes designed specifically for condensed learning; (4) create engaging activities and assignments that motivate students; and (5) design rubrics that speed grading and reduce your workload.  This nanocourse includes substantial content about the pedagogical principles of teaching condensed online courses as well as practical “how-to” coaching to get your course up and running in Canvas. ​



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