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Designing and Teaching a High-Impact Capstone Course

Discover Six Steps to High-Impact Capstone Courses

They spend four years taking the courses they need to earn a diploma. But are your students ready to put into action what they learned? 

You can make sure they are. Capstone courses are a powerful tool to ensure that students synthesize all the disparate materials they’ve studied so that they can launch into new endeavors and tackle complex problems in graduate school, their careers, and life.

But for capstones to work their magic, schools must design them carefully and implement them deliberately. Fortunately, you don’t have to blaze that trail yourself. This online seminar, Designing and Teaching a High-Impact Capstone Course, will walk you through a six-step process so that your capstone courses offer your students an invaluable integrative experience right before graduation. 

This seminar will be led by Barbara Jacoby, Ph.D. Dr. Jacoby teaches a highly rated and high-impact capstone course at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has also advised many faculty around the country about how to develop a capstone course to meet their students’ needs. 

Capstone courses can cement the value of your students’ educational investments, and this benefits both students and academic institutions. Learn how to do capstones the right way right away by watching this seminar.

Topics Covered

Help your students make the most of everything they’ve learned in and out of the classroom by participating in Designing and Teaching a High-Impact Capstone Course, a 60-minute Magna Online Seminar. 

This seminar covers the following topics, including how to:

  • Identify and articulate desired learning outcomes for a capstone course
  • Select a course model to enable students to achieve learning outcomes
  • Develop guidelines for student projects
  • Design opportunities and engage students in critical reflection
  • Determine assessment strategies and criteria
  • Showcase student achievements
  • Tackle administrative and financial issues related to implementing capstone courses

Capstone courses will vary from school to school and program to program, but some universal elements will ensure success for both students and academic institutions. 

In Designing and Teaching a High-Impact Capstone Course you will finish the seminar with the information and tools they need to develop and teach a high-impact capstone course that enables students to achieve desired learning outcomes.
Learn From an Expert

Barbara Jacoby is Faculty Associate for Leadership and Community Service-Learning at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland, College Park. In this role, she facilitates initiatives involving academic partnerships, service-learning, and civic engagement.  She is a Fellow of the University’s Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and was a Center for Teaching Excellence – Lilly Fellow during the 2007-08 academic year.  She served as Senior Scholar for the Adele H. Stamp Student Union from 2005-2011, Director of the Office of Community Service-Learning from 2003 to 2005, Director of Commuter Affairs and Community Service from 1992 to 2003, and Director of the Office of Commuter Affairs from 1983 to 2003, all at the University of Maryland.

Who Should Watch this CD 

Capstone courses are increasingly popular tools in institutions across the academic spectrum. 

Capstone courses are as relevant to technical colleges as they are to large universities, and Designing and Teaching a High-Impact Capstone Course will offer value to:

  • Faculty in all disciplines
  • Department chairs
  • Deans
  • Provosts
Directors of centers for teaching and learning


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