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Course Design Institute 2021

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CDI is a “bootcamp” style program that guides faculty through the design of a new course or the redesign of 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. CDI is co-taught with a team of experienced faculty facilitators. 

All GW faculty members are invited to apply. The time commitment is an intensive 4.5 days, and $500 stipends are awarded upon successful completion. Opportunities to collaborate with fellow faculty are an integral part of the experience. CDI has proven relevant to any teaching mode. We will discuss both in-person and online courses. 

More information is available on the Instructional Core website


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 Faculty Development staff for ongoing feedback and support during the academic year

Learning Objectives

By attending CDI, faculty will know or be able to:

  • Apply an integrated design process for significant, long-term learning to their course
  • Discuss active learning and assessment approaches that motivate student learning
  • Peer review assignments and syllabi
  • Create a learning focused syllabus 
  • Collect meaningful feedback on their course for continuous teaching improvement


A multi-disciplinary group of instructors spend 4.5 days designing or substantially redesigning 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; experienced CDI alumni facilitate the team activities. CDI is led by a team of GW faculty and staff from the Faculty Development department who are available throughout the week, and after, for individual consultations.

CDI will be fully online again this year, using a continuous combination of synchronous and asynchronous work throughout the week. We promise you won’t be simply sitting online. Rather, you will engage with faculty colleagues in live, interactive sessions and work on your own, and on your own course. To make this a valuable cohort experience, everyone is expected to clear their schedule for the week and participate fully. CDI really is a process.


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 programs. 

Application Process

Participation is by application, and all GW faculty members are eligible. Applications will be accepted until March 23, 2021. Considerations for acceptance 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

Applicants will be informed of the decision approximately one week after the application closes. 

Submit Application

Apply here through March 23, 2021.

Dates and Location

Location: CDI 2021 will be fully online.

Dates: May 17-21, 2021


Click here to see a list of faculty who have completed GW's Course Design Institute since its inception in 2015. 


Event Date and Time: 
Monday, May 17, 2021 (All day) to Friday, May 21, 2021 (All day)
Event Location: 
Online Only
Event Type: 
Faculty Only
Event Format: 
RSVP Required: 
RSVP is required for this event


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