Program Design Professional Development Series

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is charged with the important mission of bringing educational resources from the University of Maine to local communities. To achieve the goals of this mission, our educational outreach and programs must be based on sound educational design and best practices. Backward Design is a deliberate and focused instructional design process similar to the logic model that many are familiar with. Backward Design is a research-supported process that is best practice in many educational settings. Also called backward planning or backward mapping, it is a process that educators use to design learning experiences and instructional techniques to achieve specific learning goals.

Dr. Vanessa Klein, Extension STEM Specialist and Assistant Professor of Education, has designed a Program Design Template based on Backward Design for use in Extension educational program design and improvement. Several zoom trainings, along with an in-person work session will be offered to facilitate Extension programming staff in using the Template to design sound educational programs and outreach. The trainings are open to anyone working with any age audience but will also offer elements specific to 4-H youth as well as adult learners.

The trainings are offered as a series of three zoom sessions along with an optional work session. It is best if you participate in all three zoom sessions as they each cover a different part of the Program Design Template. The optional work session provides guided instruction on implementing the Template. Please see below for details.

Program Design Professional Development Series

Program Design Template Trainings

The following trainings on using this template to design and improve extension and 4-H programs will be offered via Zoom:
  • 1. Template Training Part I - Identifying Desired Results – 9/9/19; 10:00am-12:00pm
  • 2. Template Training Part II - Determining Acceptable Evidence – 9/10/19; 1:00pm-3:00pm,
  • 3. Template Training Part III - Planning Learning Experiences and Instruction – 9/12/19; 1:00pm-3:00pm

Program Design Template Work Session

This work session will provide structured time to work with colleagues to implement learning from the Program Design Template Trainings. It will be a good opportunity to work on statewide programs, collaborative programs, as well as county level programs. Dr. Vanessa Klein will facilitate the work session, answer questions, and provide resources.

    Details: 9/17/19; 10:00am-2:00pm; 4-H Science Center, Orono; snacks provided.

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