The Anchor Program is a resilient course design institute that gives instructors an opportunity to learn evidence-based practices for teaching fully online and hybrid courses led by Brown experts and faculty facilitators. During the program, participants

  • Clarify a course’s essential learning outcomes and how to assess this learning in online and hybrid contexts;
  • Gain a “student” experience of online learning and develop plans for community building, communication, and feedback in the online context;
  • Create an instructional plan that documents key decisions and the logic that will guide the implementation of their course;
  • Increase awareness of the resources available after Anchor to create high-quality courses that include uniquely Brown elements;
  • Develop a community with colleagues committed to delivering exceptional learning experiences.

The Fall 2020 Anchor Program

Designed for faculty who are planning to teach in the spring and summer terms, the Anchor Program will be spread over five weeks this fall from October 19 to November 20, 2020. The program consists of five learning modules and  involves significant asynchronous work (~ 4 hours per week) with an additional one-hour synchronous Zoom meeting each week. The modules listed below provide faculty participants with an overview of the major topic areas:

  • Module One: Foundations of Online Learning
  • Module Two: Humanizing Online Learning
  • Module Three: Identifying Essential and Enduring Learning
  • Module Four: Effective Assessment and Feedback
  • Module Five: Learning Activities and Course Planning

Participants are guided through an integrated course design process and leave with a resilient instructional plan that considers modes of delivery, including hybrid and online instruction. During the program, participants experience many integrated Canvas features, but the program does not focus on building a course site in Canvas.

Apply Here: Fall 2020 Anchor Application Form

Faculty members who submit their applications on or before Sunday, September 20 will receive priority placement. For questions, please contact Eric Kaldor ([email protected]), Melissa Kane ([email protected]) or Maggie Vecchione ([email protected]).

The Anchor Program has received important financial support from:

The Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis's retirement as chairman of Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc.


The Howard Hughes Medical Institute