Course Details

Designing an Undergraduate STEM Course

This course helps participants learn a framework for designing an undergraduate STEM course that may be applied at different institutions and at all levels of undergraduate learning in STEM. This is a framework that starts with thinking about your students and what they need to learn in your course. Other topics covered include: defining goals for student learning, selecting and organizing content, designing assignments, assessments and teaching methods, creating a schedule and syllabus and reflecting on and refining your course.

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Course Authors

Instructor: Regina (Gina) F. Frey, PhD

Regina (Gina) F. Frey, PhD, is Florence E. Moog Professor of STEM Education in Chemistry, Executive Director of The Teaching Center and Co-Director of the Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning and Education (CIRCLE) at Washington University in St. Louis. She teaches courses including General Chemistry and Women in Science. Frey’s work focuses on collaborative-learning pedagogies and other active-learning strategies that improve student learning and help students in STEM transition to university-level learning.

Instructor: Beth A. Fisher, PhD

Beth A. Fisher, PhD, is Director of Academic Services at The Teaching Center and Lecturer in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Beth’s work focuses on the development of faculty programs on evidence-based teaching, including multidisciplinary workshops, the STEM Faculty Institute on Teaching and the Center’s programs on inclusive teaching and learning. Her areas of expertise include integrating writing and structuring and facilitating discussions.

Course Overview

Duration: 1 hour


  • Learning the logistics of how to plan a course
  • Having a better understanding of who your students are
  • Knowing which teaching method to use
  • How to use active learning in the classroom effectively

Certificate of Completion

  • Earn 1 PDH

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