Fall 2020 Course Design Institute

The Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) offered a three-day Course Design Institute (CDI) each week of the entire summer. The CDI is intended to help faculty plan for an online fall 2020 teaching.  As we move through the fall and continue to adapt, we can offer support to individuals and/or departments. 

Each workshop will cover designing and delivering courses for the fall, with an emphasis on creating a strong community of learners, designing a variety of activities, and giving responsive feedback.

In addition to the CDI, CNDLS will continue to provide office hours for individual support and a set of resources for designing and delivering dynamic courses over the summer.

Sign up here for a group or individual CDI

Please use this form if you are registering your scheduling preferences for a Department, Program, or Birds of Feather Cohort (similar course type or topic)

We are hoping that all faculty will join cohorts based in their departments, programs, or course topics, but if you are unable to make your Department session or need to register as an individual for any other reason, please use this form.

Key Features

Cohort Based

You will be working in small teams with colleagues from your department and/or with colleagues teaching similar topics or course types (experiential, large lectures, lab-based, etc.) in a combination of introductory sessions, small breakout meetings, and one-on-one support.

Minimal Time Commitment

We know your time is precious during the summer, so we are asking for a small commitment of time. The CDI will take place in the morning (9:30am-12:30pm) over three days (M/T/Th) during one week in the summer for approximately 9 hours (plus any optional one-on-one time).

Flexible Focus

Topics will prepare you to teach in a flexible, hybrid environment. Since we do not know what the fall will bring, we will be helping you design courses that can be taught face to face, blended, or fully remotely.

Responsive Engaged Teaching

We will be working with you to think about how to design and teach courses that are responsive, that give priority to meaningful engagements with your students, and that create rich learning communities.

Schedule

9:30-10:15am

10:15-10:30am

10:30-12:30pm

Afternoon (by appointment)

Monday: Introduction

Overview & Goals

Break

Cohort Discussion & Activities

  • Orientation & Intros
  • Flexible/Hybrid Teaching Challenges
  • Communicating with students

Optional Consultations

Tuesday: Design

Deliver, Engage, Assess

Break

Cohort Discussion & Activities

  • Backward design and course alignment
  • Technology tools alignment
  • Designing your course

Optional Consultations

Thursday: Teach

Presence, Responsiveness, Community

Break

Cohort Discussion & Activities

  • Teaching strategies
  • Supporting your students
  • Personalizing learning
  • Creating your teaching plan

Optional Consultations

9:30-10:15am

10:15-10:30am

10:30-12:30pm

Afternoon(by appointment)

Day 1: Intro.

Overview & Goals

Break

Cohort Discussion & Activities

  • Orientation & Intros
  • Flexible/Hybrid Teaching Challenges
  • Communicating with students

Optional Consultations

9:30-10:15am

10:15-10:30am

10:30-12:30pm

Afternoon(by appointment)

Day 2: Design

Deliver, Engage, Assess

Break

Cohort Discussion & Activities

  • Backward design and course alignment
  • Technology tools alignment
  • Designing your course

Optional Consultations

9:30-10:15am

 

10:15-10:30am

10:30-12:30pm

Afternoon(by appointment)

Day 3: Teach

Presence, Responsiveness, Community

Break

Cohort Discussion & Activities

  • Teaching strategies
  • Supporting your students
  • Personalizing learning
  • Creating your teaching plan

Optional Consultations

Overview & Structure

During the Institute, you will work synchronously and asynchronously in small peer cohorts with other faculty and explore how to adapt your course to a remote learning environment. Cohorts will be designated based on the type of course you are teaching, allowing you to work closely with colleagues and facilitators on your specific course, whether it is a small seminar, a large lecture, a lab-based course, or a course with other needs. 

The institute is organized in three parts. 

Introduction & Goals

  • What is a signature Georgetown learning experience?
  • What did our students say about remote learning this spring?
  • What does it mean to develop a flexible, adaptive, and engaging course whether it is online, hybrid or face to face?

Design: Deliver, Engage, Assess

  • How can you design or adapt a course to prioritize student engagement and active learning in both synchronous and asynchronous teaching?
  • How can you creatively design or adapt a course to a new, flexible learning environment?
  • How can you meaningfully integrate technology into your remote course?

Teach: Presence, Responsiveness, Community

  • How can you be active and present in online or hybrid courses?
  • How can you respond effectively and productively to your students at a distance?
  • How can you create community, interaction, and inclusive learning for your students?