Apply to the Course Design Institute – Spring 2019

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  • Dates: May 20 – 22, 2019
  • Deadline for Applications: Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Applicants notified: Monday, March 18, 2019

Applications are now open for the Course Design Institute (CDI). The purpose of the Institute is to help faculty apply a best-practice approach to designing dynamic, learning-focused courses in any discipline, in a compact 3-day program. Faculty preparing to teach a new course or those redesigning a course to promote significant, long-term learning should apply to the CDI.

Participants will work through an extensive course design plan to prepare an effective student-centered course where learning goals, assessments, and activities are aligned.

View a sample CDI 2019 schedule.

Institute Leaders and Invited Speakers

Duke Learning Innovation consultants Seth Anderson, Elise Mueller, and Sophia Stone, will lead the institute. Invited faculty and guests from Learning Innovation will join us throughout the 3-day event, depending on the needs and interests of the participants. In addition, instructional consultants will be available each day to work with faculty one-on-one on their course design needs during the optional consulting time.

How Faculty will Benefit

Previous faculty participants  shared the following feedback on the value of the Institute to their course design plans and to their teaching:

The Course Design Institute was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on my teaching, develop new skills and strategies, and connect with faculty across campus.

I now have a better understanding of the resources offered by Learning Innovation, and look forward to using those to improve my courses. I am going into the new semester feeling very inspired.

Eligibility, Support and Funding

This program is open to Duke University faculty of any rank, or to academic staff, teaching courses in any school.  The CDI will be particularly valuable for early career faculty or those who haven’t taught much before, and is most useful to faculty who are designing their courses for face-to-face instruction. Each participant will receive $500 in funds deposited to a research account, a copy of the book Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses by L. Dee Fink, and a set of course design resources for use after the Institute.

Applications are due Friday, March 8, 2019, by 5:00 pm. Applicants will be notified Monday, March 18 on the status of their application.  If you have any questions about the program, please contact Duke Learning Innovation.

Learn more about the CDI

Read about the 2018 Course Design Institute participants.
Learn about the experiences of previous Duke Learning Innovation CDI participants.

To learn more about course design, see the Duke Learning Innovation’s site on designing a course.

Related Learning Innovation Programs

Sophia Stone, Ed.D.

Author: Sophia Stone, Ed.D.

Sophia collaborates with faculty to provide pedagogical and academic technology consulting, training, and project management, for campus-based and online initiatives. She consults on innovative teaching practices across academic disciplines, and works with faculty on course planning, course design and development, and assessment strategies. Her research interests include global online education, instructional design, faculty development, distance education, and international learners.