The University Teaching & Learning Center’s Course Design Institute is a “bootcamp” style program that guides faculty through the design of a new course or the re-design an existing one in a facilitated, supported environment. Participants experience the iterative, dynamic, and scholarly process of learning-focused course design and the benefits of active learning.
All GW faculty members are invited to apply. The time commitment is an intensive 4.5 days as outlined on the block schedule. Food and many opportunities to collaborate with fellow faculty are an integral part of the experience.
There is no fee for GW faculty. But due to the cohort nature of the program, participants are required to attend all sessions. In addition, $500 professional development stipends and certificates of completion will be awarded upon successful completion of the institute.
• A final (or near final) learner-focused syllabus
• Experiences with active learning and research-supported learner-centered design
• Access to a resource-packed website of ideas
• A community of ongoing support during the academic year
During CDI, you explore learner-centered design principles, research, and activities in a large group setting and then work on your individual course in a small, discipline-focused learning team. There will be many opportunities for brainstorming, individualized feedback, and on-going support to (re)imagine your course and make it a truly significant learning experience for your students. CDI discusses the latest in research-supported teaching approaches. These have been proven relevant to any teaching mode, from in-person to blended to fully online learning.
Testimonials: We firmly believe that participation in CDI can help you realize your dreams as a teacher to create truly transformative and memorable learning experiences for students. Here is some of what we’ve heard from our 2015 and 2016 cohorts:
• 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 learner experience but, alas, it was very learner-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.
Any GW faculty member developing a course, undergraduate or graduate, is welcome. We especially welcome faculty members developing gateway, required, and large enrollment courses and for groups working on a curricular design or interdisciplinary program. This year, there will be some more focus on online courses than in the past. Check our CDI alumni list to speak with a participant from your school.
Application and Registration:
Applications are open through March 24, 2017 for approximately 40 spots. Special consideration is given, via the application, for:
• evidence of faculty interest in improving course design
• required, large enrollment, and gateway courses
• specific support from a department chair or dean for the course (re)design.