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Faculty Course Design Institute

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May 10-11, 2018

Now accepting applications for the spring.

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The Faculty Course Design Institute:

  • Brings faculty together for two days to engage in discussions and workshops related to teaching excellence.
  • Focuses on course design, promoting student engagement and active learning, evaluating student learning, and syllabus design.

Topics for the Course Design Institute

What should my students know or be able to do? Introduction to backwards course design: A learner-centered approach

    • Describing key dimensions of backward, learner-centered course design.
    • Constructing and evaluating learning outcomes for a course.

What are some ways to have students engage more fully in the course? Strategies that support student learning

    • Identifying active learning strategies appropriate for the learning outcomes identified for the course.
    • Explaining how the chosen learning strategies foster achievement of the learning outcomes.

Are my students really learning?  Assessing student learning

    • Describing two to three ways to assess student learning in your course.

Bringing it all together: Constructing the syllabus

    • Outlining the considerations and components of a learner-centered syllabus.

About the Faculty Course Design Institute

Who? When reviewing applications, care will be given to include faculty who represent a broad range of disciplines. Space is limited to 15 faculty participants.

What? The 2-day Course Design Institute will feature working sessions, guided discussions, and networking events led by Cornell faculty and CTI staff. These hands-on sessions will culminate in a faculty-led poster session on the final afternoon of the Institute.

When? Thursday - Friday, May 10 - 11, 2018. Now accepting applications.

How? By accepting the stipend, participants commit to prepare for the Institute by completing readings, attending all presentations, and actively participating in Institute workshops. The Center for Teaching Innovation will follow up with Institute participants to offer continuing support and ensure the effectiveness of the Institute.


Please note that there may be photographers from the Center for Teaching Innovation at this event. The photos may appear on the CTI website or on our Twitter page. Contact if you do not wish to be photographed. Thank you.

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