The Centipede System for Course Organization

Date: Friday, December 18, 2020

Start Time: 12:20 PM
End Time: 1:15 PM
Location: Virtual
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Today's students need to balance off-campus jobs, child-care, elder-care, or other obligations, and this is becoming a greater challenge as UW Stout strives to welcome non-traditional students. These obligations have become more burdensome in the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic. How can an instructor create flexibility within an online course?

Join Dr. Gregory Bard as he describes 'The Centipede System,'' a course-organization methodology that addresses these needs by building flexibility into the course structure, enabling students to balance competing obligations. Learn how The Centipede System better serves Stout students by allowing them to self-schedule their work.

This course-organization framework has additional benefits, such as for students recently out of high school, who often lack the traditional calendar skills and to-do list skills that previous generations were taught. When the semester's obligations begin to burden even the instructor, the structure helps make it easy to see, at a glance, what content needs to be created or posted on which days. The students always know what they should be doing, and while they might very well choose to ignore an obligation by deliberate choice, at least we can reduce the chances they will miss an obligation due to forgetfulness, explicit time conflicts, or planned & unplanned obligations to loved ones.


The year 2020 has brought us grave and unwelcome challenges. The Centipede System is one possible roadmap an instructor can choose for adapting to our changing and chaotic environment.


Presenter(s): Gregory Bard