Course Design Institute

Course Design Institute (CDI), whether taken in person or online, is an intensive workshop in which instructors focus on designing or redesigning a specific course. Participants will receive the tools, time and support they need as they work to build or rebuild effective, student-centered courses.

Our Process

CDI introduces participants to a process called “Backward Design,” a concept put forth by educators Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe in their book Understanding by Design. While it is tempting to begin designing a course by deciding what content to cover, “Backward Design” suggests that instructors start by identifying specific, student-centered goals and objectives before they choose any other elements of the course. Participants will follow this process to finish the workshop with an "Integrated Course Plan" that will best enable student learning.

The "Backward Design" process was also used to create our course plan!


Past Experiences

CDI Spring 2019 Cohort

Spring 2019 Cohort

“Now I will not get overwhelmed with course design because I know how to break things down into manageable units.”

CDI Autumn 2018 Cohort

Autumn 2018 Cohort

“I am taking with me a real course, that didn’t exist before, that I actually really want to teach!”

CDI Winter 2018 Cohort 1

Winter 2018 Cohort 1

“Having this dedicated time really helped me think deeply about the nature of what I’m teaching. While being structured, I felt like I had the freedom to come to my own conclusions.”

CDI Winter 2018 Cohort 2

Winter 2018 Cohort 2

“I have learned so much from the expertise and experiences from faculty of other disciplines, and that a course should be developed with structure.”

CDI Late May 2017 Cohort

Late May 2017 Cohort