University Teaching Center

Course Design Institute

What is the Course Design Institute (CDI)?

The CDI is a professional development opportunity for faculty interested in designing a new course or redesigning an existing course.

The primary goal of the CDI is to guide and support faculty with the integration of best practices in teaching and evaluation to ultimately improve students' success and retention.

The CDI is a one-week, intensive workshop during which faculty work directly with facilitators from the University Teaching Center and the Office of Assessment who provide participants with the tools, time and support they need to build or enhance effective, student-centered courses. CDI sessions are highly interactive and are intended to provide faculty with time to develop materials for a specific course.


During the CDI, faculty will: 

  • Define course goals and student learning outcomes:

    • What do students need to know and/or care about in this course?
    • What do students need to be able to do upon successful completion of the course?
  • Design specific assignments and assessment tools that align with course goals and outcomes:
    • Are you interested in creating new assignments that can be used to better determine what your students are learning?
    • Would you like to add a greater variety of assessment strategies to your course - something beyond written quizzes or tests?
  • Identify teaching strategies and discipline-specific content so that all elements of the course are aligned with the foundational goals initially identified
    • Would you like to explore interactive teaching strategies that will engage your students?
    • Are you interested in engaging with colleagues from other disciplines and learning what has worked best for them?

Two sessions offered annually; ten faculty members are chosen.  Those selected to participate in the CDI will receive a Certificate of Completion and $750 in extra compensation upon completion of the program.

Due to the hands-on, interactive nature of the CDI, you must be able to attend the entire week to be selected for this opportunity.

CDI Week 1 - Session Dates and Times:

May 11, 2020 - 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
May 12, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
May 13, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
May 14, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
May 15, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

CDI Week 2 - Session Dates and Times:

June 1, 2020 - 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
June 2, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
June 3, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
June 4, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
June 5, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

HOW TO APPLY:   application FORM

All applications must be received by March 27, 2020.

The University Teaching Center will notify applicants regarding the status of their applications by April 17, 2020.

The Course Design Institute is offered by the University Teaching Center (UTC), in collaboration with the Office of Assessment.  The CDI is modeled after the longstanding, highly successful program of the same name at The Ohio State University.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please e-mail or

Last Updated: 3/6/20