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2017 CDI Faculty Members working togetherThe Office of Teaching and Learning is excited to announce that we will be offering the Course Design Institute (CDI) twice in summer 2018.  The dates for the two summer sessions are June 18-22 and August 20-24, 2018.

What is the Course Design Institute (CDI)?

The weeklong Course Design Institute brings faculty members together to engage in meaningful guided discussions, hands-on workshops and working sessions to design or redesign a course.  The CDI focuses on creating meaningful learning outcomes while outlining a course in which all activities, assessments and resources support student achievement and foster an inclusive learning environment.

Learn More

Visit the Course Design Institute page for a list of topics covered during the institute, eligibility requirements, and to complete the application. For more information, please email Virginia.Pitts@du.edu or reach out to a member of the 2017 CDI cohort.

Course Design Institute

The Office of Teaching and Learning is excited to announce that we will be offering the Course Design Institute twice in summer 2018. The dates for the two summer sessions are June 18-22 and August 20-24.

“The CDI experience is absolutely rewarding to me. It provides many actionable concepts in a way that encouraged instant application. I am thankful for having the opportunity to attend.”

“Many thanks again for everything! The CDI staff were friendly, competent and inspiring. The Institute differentiated to the various levels of course design expertise in the group and helped myself and a colleague develop an excellent course sequence. Further, I intend to visit OTL frequently in the future– your office is an incredible gem on this campus.”

– Testimonials from participants in the August 2017 CDI

What is the Course Design Institute (CDI)?

CDI participants working together in groups

Group work during CDI 2017

The week-long Course Design Institute brings faculty members together to engage in meaningful guided discussions, hands-on workshops and working sessions to design or redesign a course. The CDI focuses on creating meaningful learning outcomes while outlining a course in which all activities, assessments and resources support student achievement and foster an inclusive learning environment.

What topics are covered during the institute?

The Course Design Institute features guided discussions, hands-on workshops and working sessions led by the Office of Teaching and Learning staff. The institute will culminate in a share-and-celebrate event on the final afternoon. Topics include:

  1. Research-based perspectives on how learning works.
  2. Key course design principles.
  3. Clarifying expectations for significant learning outcomes.
  4. Developing activities, assessments and resources that align with learning outcomes.
  5. Creating assessments that provide feedback on learner progress and support student self-regulation.
  6. Ensuring that all activities are created according to Universal Design for Learning principles, Inclusive Excellence teaching practices, and other evidence-based instructional strategies.
  7. Constructing a learning-centered syllabus.

Who is eligible to participate in the CDI, and is there a stipend?

University of Denver faculty interested in designing or redesigning a course that will be taught during the 2018-2019 school year are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to full-time faculty members. Faculty members who complete the Course Design Institute, including key deliverables such as an alignment map and draft syllabus, will receive a $1,000 stipend.

When is the next CDI, and how can I apply?

The Course Design Institute will be offered twice in summer 2018, June 18-22 and August 20-24. Each of these Institutes will run Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. We encourage people who are redesigning a course for Fall 2018 to apply for the June session if possible.

We are accepting applications for these summer sessions through April 23. To apply for either of these sessions, please complete this application form. We will select participants and notify applicants of our decision by May 7th.

Who to contact?

For more information, please email Virginia.Pitts@du.edu.


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