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Registration for the June 9th-12th, 2020 CDI is now open! Click here to apply.

This four day workshop is designed to provide faculty with the tools, time, and collegial support to help them work through the course (re)design process. The Institute is intended for faculty teaching a traditional  or mini course for graduate or undergraduate students. By the end of the Institute, faculty will have (re)created the basic structure of their course.

The Course Design Institute (CDI) offers:

  • A focused format for accomplishing course design.
  • The tools, the time, and the collegial support to dig in and design or redesign a course.
  • The chance to interact with a diverse group of colleagues from across Tufts, allowing faculty to share their ideas about teaching and gather new ideas from their peers.
  • A full set of course design materials that can be used to (re)design  courses during and after the Institute.

We recommend that, if possible, participants develop or revise a course that will be delivered the following semester. While it is possible to work on revising a course to be offered immediately, a complete syllabus is not generally developed by the end of the Institute.

Please note that participants must be available to attend all four days of the Institute in order to apply. Participants must also complete a short online module before the institute begins.

Past participants have said:

“It will change the way I design courses. My course design has usually been driven by readings I plan to assign and topics I feel I ought to cover. Thinking in terms of overriding goals and objectives has been very helpful.”

“I will also change the way I do assessment. I had thought of assessment strictly in terms of providing a grade. Now I am thinking of non-graded assessment that give me a better sense of what students have learned and what they are struggling with.”

[This workshop was strong because of it’s] excellent materials and activities. Very fine presentation of content. Excellent teachers! Also, the really great group of people from many departments- a thrill to meet and work together!”

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For a participant perspective on the program, contact any of the past CDI participants.

January 2018


CDI January 2017

June 2015

CDI January 2015

CDI June 2015