Course Design Institute

2017 Course Design Institute

Join us this summer for the 2016 Course Design Institute. Work with a small group of fellow colleagues for three days in an intensive workshop setting to design a new course of redesign an existing course.

Due to limited space, the institute is only open to those who have never participated in this program before. 


June 6 – 8, 2017


Gore Hall, room 208

Program Details

Day One

Participants will begin by developing Student Learning Outcomes for their courses, analyze, and discuss those outcomes with their peers. Next, we will walk through the concept of authentic assessment, and participants will develop the major (or final) assignment for their courses. At the end of the first day, attendees will have a thorough understanding of the process of backward design, and be well on their way to developing an outcomes-based framework for their courses.

Day Two

The second day will begin with an analysis of the major (or final) assignment drafted on the first day (and revised in the intervening evening). From this analysis, participants will be able to create a rubric for the final assignment that will, in turn, help generate ideas for smaller activities and assignments that support student learning. We will discuss the importance of scaffolding, and work to generate the early structure of the course.

Day Three

On our final day, participants will spend time reviewing their emerging course structure. The afternoon will include a rotating slate of resource stations including features of Canvas to aid in grading and feedback, as well as how to get started with Open Educational Resources.

All three days will involve a mix of brief presentations, workshopping, discussion, solo work time, and one-on-one consultations with CTAL and other Faculty Commons Partners staff.


  • Participation is capped at 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis, to allow for targeted support and feedback. Register to claim your spot today.
  • Participants must have a REAL course to design. This should be a UD course slated for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018, or  a course recently taught that needs redesigning. Any course level and type is acceptable.
  • Participants must commit to attending all three days of the institute
  • Light breakfast and lunch will be provided each day.
  • Books and other relevant course design materials will be provided at the beginning of the institute.
  • Some homework will be required before and between days.

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