Course Design Institute

What is the Course Design Institute? 

The Course Design Institute (CDI) is a two-day institute of working sessions and guided discussions led by CTI staff that focuses on course design, promoting student engagement and active learning, evaluating student learning, and syllabus design. 

Topics covered in the institute include the following: 

  • Introduction to backwards course design: A learner-centered approach. 
  • Strategies that support student learning. 
  • Assessing student learning. 
  • Constructing the syllabus. 

Full participation in the institute comes with a $500 stipend for faculty.

Who can attend? 

The institute is open to 15 Cornell faculty. All disciplines are welcome and encouraged to participate. 

When is CDI?

Dates: Wednesday, December 11 - Thursday, December 12, 2019

Tuesday, June 2 - Wednesday, June 3, 2020 

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (breakfast available at 8:30am)

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe key dimensions of backward, learner-centered course design
  • Construct and evaluate learning outcomes for your course
  • Determine approaches to assess student learning in your course
  • Identify active learning strategies appropriate for the learning outcomes based on research about how people learn
  • Align assessments, active learning strategies, and learning outcomes for your course
  • Outline the considerations and components of a learner-centered syllabus

Application Process & Deadline 

Apply to the institute.

Contact cornellcti@cornell.edu for questions about this event or for assistance with the application. 

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