Learn instructional design strategies for teaching a capstone course

Designing and Teaching a High-Impact Capstone Course

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?


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.

The 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 is led by Barbara Jacoby, PhD. Dr. Jacoby teaches a high-impact capstone course at the University of Maryland, College Park and, as capstone courses have become increasingly popular at all types of colleges and universities, she has advised faculty around the country about how to develop a capstone course to meet their students’ needs.

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Learning goals

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

You’ll learn 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

In addition, you will receive questions for further discussion and self-assessment, blank versions of worksheets, and other materials to help sustain the seminar’s value as you forge ahead with your own capstone courses.

This seminar is now available on CD. The recording includes the complete transcript and all supplemental materials.

An optional Campus Access License is available for an additional $200. It allows the purchasing institution to upload the CD of the seminar onto the institution’s password-protected internal website for unlimited access by the entire campus community.

Intended audience

Capstone courses are as relevant to technical colleges as they are to large universities, and this seminar will offer value to faculty in all disciplines as well as to department chairs, deans, provosts, and directors of centers for teaching and learning.

A senior experience that ties it all together

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 ordering Designing and Teaching a High-Impact Capstone Course today.

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