Course Design Institute

The Office of Teaching and Learning is excited to announce our inaugural Course Design Institute (CDI)! Picture of DU facultyThe Institute will be held August 14-17, 2017 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm each day.

What is the Course Design Institute (CDI)?

The Course Design Institute brings faculty together to engage in meaningful guided discussions, hands-on workshops and working sessions to design or redesign a course. The Institute will focus 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.

Full-time University of Denver faculty interested in designing or redesigning a course are encouraged to apply. Participants will receive a stipend of $1,000 after successfully completing the Institute.

What topics are covered during the institute?

The Course Design Institute will feature 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. Key dimensions of course design and relevant design frameworks.
  2. Clarifying expectations for meaningful learning outcomes.
  3. Developing activities, assessments and resources that align with learning outcomes.
  4. Creating assessments that provide feedback on learner progress and support student self-regulation.
  5. Ensuring that all activities are created according to Universal Design for Learning principles, Inclusive Excellence teaching practices, and other evidence-based instructional strategies.
  6. Constructing a learning-centered syllabus.

Who is eligible to participate in the CDI?

Full time University of Denver faculty interested in designing or redesigning a course are encouraged to apply to participate in the CDI. When reviewing applications, care will be given to ensure that a broad range of academic disciplines is represented. Space is limited.

How do I apply to the Course Design Institute?

Eligible faculty members should submit the application below (we suggest you review the questions before submitting your application). Applications are due on May 22, 2017 and participants will be notified by June 2, 2017.

CDI Application

By submitting this application, you commit to prepare for and participate in the Institute by attending all presentations, hands-on activities and independent working sessions. By the end of the Institute participants will have designed and developed, at minimum, a syllabus, a course alignment map, an assignment with instructions and a grading rubric.

The Office of Teaching and Learning will follow up with and offer continued support to participants.

Who to contact?

For more information, please email

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