Course Design Institute for Graduate Students & Postdocs

This one-day institute guides you through the elements of course design and strategies to promote student engagement, evaluate student learning, and create a student-centered syllabus. Even if you are not currently teaching your own course, this institute can help you outline the components of a sample syllabus and prepare you to teach in the future.

What is the Course Design Institute?

This one-day institute will guide you step by step through the process of designing a course. We will begin by identifying what you expect students to learn (learning outcomes), discuss different ways of assessing and evaluating whether students are learning, and then explore a variety of strategies to help your students learn. You will leave with an outline of the components of a student-centered syllabus.

Who can attend?

All graduate students and postdocs at Cornell University.

When is the Course Design Institute?

Date: upcoming date to be announced

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (breakfast starts at 9:00 a.m.)

Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack will be provided.

Learning Outcomes

As part of attending the institute, participants will:

  • practice constructing learning outcomes
  • generate ideas for evaluating and assessing student learning in your discipline
  • identify learning strategies to engage your students based on research on how students learn
  • outline the components of a learner-centered syllabus

Application Process & Deadline

Registration information will be provided when new dates are announced.

Please contact Carolyn Aslan at the Center for Teaching Innovation with any questions about the institute.