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Applications Due March 25: Course Design Institute

University Teaching & Learning Center Course Design InstituteFaculty, don't miss out on this opportunity to design or redesign a course in a supported, facilitated environment. Applications are due Friday, March 25, for the University Teaching and Learning Center's second annual Course Design Institute. Apply here.

In this “bootcamp” style program, modeled after a very successful program at the University of Virginia, faculty participants will be guided through a course (re)design process in a supported, facilitated environment to imagine, or re-imagine a course. All GW faculty members are invited to apply. The time commitment is an intensive 4.5 days as outlined on the block schedule.

There is no fee for CDI for those accepted. A limited number of professional development stipends will be available for full-time faculty who qualify. Food and many opportunities to collaborate with fellow faculty are an integral part of the experience. The CDI has proven relevant to any teaching mode, from in-person to blended to fully online learning.

Benefits: Faculty members walk away with:

  • A final (or near final) syllabus
  • Experiences with active learning and understanding of learning-centered design
  • Access to a resource-packed website
  • A community of faculty and UTLC staff for ongoing support during the academic year

Testimonials: Experiences from 2015 cohort:

  • I had heard of or tried course changes in a very ad hoc manner. I now see the big picture.
  • The CDI experience was beyond my expectations. It was a life changing experience.
  • My expectations were exceeded! This was incredibly inspirational and eye-opening. Come to think of it, I might have (subconsciously) expected a content-centered learning experience but, alas, it was very learning-centered!
  • It demystified the language of academic assessment.
  • Having other faculty to discuss challenges with, related and not-associated with my discipline, was a tremendous help. It was all about going out of my comfort zone.
  • CDI was an amazing experience. I believe every aspect was useful.

The Institute Process: An multi-disciplinary group of instructors spend 4.5 days designing or substantially (re)designing courses in order to promote significant, long-term learning. Participants explore learning-centered design principles in a large group setting and then work on their individual course designs in a small, discipline- or pedagogy-focused learning team. Teams provide brainstorming, individualized feedback, and on-going support opportunities. Institute Faculty will be available throughout the week for one-on-one consultations.

CDI Faculty: Michael Palmer, University of Virginia Associate Professor (Chemistry) & Managing Director of UVA’s Center for Teaching Excellence, who has led UVA’s highly successful CDI for nine years, and Patricia Dinneen, Director of the University Teaching & Learning Center, will co-teach general sessions. GW faculty members will facilitate the discipline-focused learning teams. All of the faculty will be available to provide one-on-one feedback and consultations throughout CDI.

Attendees: Any faculty member who has a syllabus to design or redesign, graduate or undergraduate. CDI is ideal for faculty members developing gateway courses and for groups working on a curricular design or interdisciplinary program. A limited number of $500 stipends are available for faculty members who qualify.

Applications: Participation is by application, and all GW faculty members are eligible to apply. Applications open February 19-March 2016. A limited number of stipends may be available for full-time faculty members who qualify and who complete CDI. Consideration for a stipend, via the application, include:

  • evidence of faculty interest in improving course design
  • the expected enrollment for the course being designed
  • whether the course is a required or gateway course
  • specific support from a department chair or dean

Schedule: The draft schedule for the week.

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