Course Design Institute

Course Design Institute

The inaugural Course Design Institute took place in August 2017, and it was a great success!  The Office of Teaching and Learning now plans to offer the Course Design Institute several times throughout the year, with two sessions happening in Summer 2018.

“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 upcoming school year are encouraged to apply. Priority is 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 who do I contact for more information?

The application deadline for the summer Course Design Institute, which will take place June 18-22 and August 20-24, has passed.  However, we plan to offer the CDI multiple times throughout the year.  If you are interested in being notified of the next CDI so that you might apply, or if you simply would like to learn more, please email


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