Course Development Resources
As you prepare your Quest III courses, you may find the following documents useful.
- Quest III Syllabus Checklist (updated December 2014): This checklist has been updated and includes elements expected in all Quest III syllabi.
- Quest III Sample Syllabus Language: This document contains language you may wish to use or modify for your own syllabus.
- Writing Student Learning Outcomes: A brief guide to help you create assessable student learning outcomes for your course.
New Quest III Professional Development Opportunity
The University Studies Program is pleased to support the development of additional Quest III courses during Spring semester 2015. Quest III courses can be offered in any discipline and taught through the lens of any of our Signature Questions, although we are particularly interested in new course proposals taught in the Intercultural Knowledge and Competence Signature Question. Quest III courses are offered in cooperation with a Community Partner and involve both classroom learning and experience at the Community Partner’s site. The USP’s Civic Engagement Coordinator provides support in determining an appropriate Community Partner and developing the on-site experience for students.
Participants will receive a stipend of $1,000, paid in two installments of $500/each. The first installment will be paid after the participant has met with the USP’s Civic Engagement Coordinator and has written a syllabus for the USP Council to review. The second installment will be paid after the syllabus has been revised and has successfully gone through the University’s course approval process (department curriculum committee, College curriculum committee, USP Faculty Senate Committee and Faculty Senate). Participants must also gain written approval from their department chairs to offer the course in upcoming academic years, on a schedule that will be cooperatively determined between the Dean’s Office, USP, and the participant’s department chair.
Stipends are provided through a UW System Curricular Reform Grant whose funds are earmarked for professional development.
Who should apply? (Maximum number of participants = 10)
1.) Faculty and instructional academic staff interested in developing a new course for the University Studies Program and who have not already developed a Quest III course.
2.) Faculty and instructional academic staff interested in teaching in the Intercultural Knowledge and Competence Signature Question are especially encouraged to apply.
Expectations for participation
1.) Meet with USP staff for information about teaching in Quest III (group meeting with all Quest III course developers; date determined together);
2.) Meet with Civic Engagement Coordinator to discuss Community partnership possibilities (meetings arranged individually);
3.) Prepare a full syllabus that integrates the Signature Question and Community Experience (guidelines provided by USP);
4.) Submit syllabus for review and, after incorporating feedback from the USP Council, submit the syllabus for official review to the appropriate course approval bodies;
5.) Offer new Quest III course in 2016-2017 academic year and beyond as arranged.
Interested? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more!
Quest III Syllabus Checklist 2015.docx — application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 28 kB (29533 bytes)
Quest III Syllabus Checklist June 14 copy.pdf — PDF document, 489 kB (501745 bytes)
Quest III Syllabus Checklist 2014.docx — application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 28 kB (29288 bytes)