Duke Faculty Participate in Course Design Institute

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Course Design Institute Faculty Fellows

Duke Learning Innovation recently welcomed 19 faculty to the Course Design Institute (CDI), a three-day program consisting of interactive seminars, discussions, and presentations, where faculty learned and applied a best-practice approach to designing dynamic, learning-focused courses in any discipline. Now in its third year, the institute was held May 20-22, and faculty worked collaboratively over the three-day period to draft their course plan and syllabus for a course they plan to teach in the upcoming academic year.

Faculty share peer feedback during Gallery Walk active learning session

Guest Speakers

On all three days, participants heard from guest speakers on effective teaching pedagogies.

Alyssa Perz, Assistant Dean of Trinity College, and lecturer in Biology presented a workshop on teaching strategies to cultivate classroom equity and inclusion, titled “Student heterogeneity:  What do you need to consider as you design your course?”

Denise Comer, Associate Professor of the Practice, Thompson Writing Program, and Steve Wallace, Senior Lecturing Fellow, Biomedical Engineering spoke on effective teaching activities they have found successful in meeting learning outcomes for their students.

Alyssa Perz guest speaker
Alyssa Perz, PhD speaks to faculty on inclusive teaching

Each participant received 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, as well as information on technology and academic support resources available at Duke.

Faculty Participants

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Engage with Learning Innovation

The CDI was led by Learning Innovation consultants Seth Anderson, Elise Mueller and Sophia Stone. We look forward to connecting with faculty participants again in a follow-up event in December. View highlights from the 2018 Course Design Institute.

For additional information on future programs and events, contact Learning Innovation.

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.