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CDI will run again June 11th-14th 2019! Application Coming Soon!

This four day workshop is designed to provide you with the tools, time, and collegial support to help you 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, you will have (re)created the basic structure of your course.

The Course Design Institute (CDI) offers:

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

We recommend that, if possible, participants develop or revise a course that will be delivered the following semester. For example, the January CDI works best for summer or fall courses and the June CDI works best for fall or spring courses. 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 you must be available to attend all four days of the Institute in order to apply. There is a small amount of pre-work required.

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!”

If you want a participant perspective on the program, you can contact any of the past CDI participants.

CDI January 2018


CDI January 2017

CDI June 2015

CDI January 2015

CDI June 2014