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Course Design Institute


Our Beliefs
For over two decades now, the Center for Teaching Excellence has helped instructors create rich, active classroom environments which support meaningful student learning, the kind that changes the way students think, act, or feel. Our course development activities are predicated on the belief that you, as an instructor, care deeply about student learning and want to be the best teacher you can be. The Course Design Institute (CDI)—an intensive, multi-day, hands-on seminar—provides you the opportunity to experience the iterative, dynamic, and scholarly process of learning-focused course design. We firmly believe that participation in CDI can help you become the teacher you dream of being, a teacher who creates truly transformative learning experiences for students.


Our Process
During the Course Design Institute, an interdisciplinary group of instructors will spend five days designing or substantially redesigning courses so that they promote significant, long-term learning. As a participant, you’ll explore learner-centered design principles in a large group setting and then work on your individual course design in a small, discipline- or pedagogy-focused learning team. Your learning team, led by an experienced facilitator, will provide you opportunities for brainstorming, individualized feedback, and on-going support. You are also invited to consult one-on-one with Institute Faculty throughout the week. read more »


CDI ConsultationGoals for Participants
The CDI is designed to expand participants’ pedagogical content knowledge, foster community and personal growth, and increase teacher satisfaction. During the Institute, you will…

  1. Design or redesign a course built on learner-centered design principles;
  2. Develop a final or near-final syllabus;
  3. Learn how to apply research-based teaching and learning principles to design other courses.