Education Resource Center Series: Managing Stress in Research Courses through Intentional Course Design: Resolutions for a New Semester


This 90-minute interactive workshop acknowledges the stress affecting students and instructors--particularly related to research courses--as we begin a new semester and provides effective course design practices that can aid in managing that stress.

Unlike wellness workshops focused on the importance of mental and physical health aspects of stress, this workshop instead uses the lens of course planning and teaching decisions that can impact instructor and student stress levels during the semester. Participants will actively collaborate in breakout groups and while using the chat to select, plan, and share updates to the design of their online research courses with the goal of better managing stress.

This workshop is recommended for university faculty and/or those assisting faculty with the design and teaching of their online courses. In particular, examples will focus on research courses. This might also be of interest to graduate students who are TAs. This workshop is capped at 200 participants.

Learning Objective

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to

  • Select a course design technique for managing instructor/student stress 
  • Plan the implementation of the chosen technique

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