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**This year, CDI is being offered as an online Canvas course in lieu of a face-to-face workshop.**

Canvas Course Design Tutorial for Online Teaching

This Canvas course will introduce you to ideas and skills for adapting an existing traditional face-to-face course into an inclusive, student-centered online course. This asynchronous and unmoderated course is designed to model design features and tools you may wish to include in your own course.  It will also provide you with the opportunity to experience the perspective of being a student in an online course.  Anyone at Tufts can view the course within Canvas and enroll themselves.

Summer Synchronous Program Description

This course design institute, led by CELT and ETS staff, will help you translate your existing face-to-face course into an inclusive, student-centered online course. The institute will be held remotely and follow a format similar to an online course, allowing you to experience synchronous and asynchronous learning from the perspective of a student. By the end of this series, if you complete the activities and assignments, you will have begun to develop a substantial amount of your online course and will have gained the knowledge and tools necessary to continue the development process.

The institute will follow a consistent weekly format, predicted to require 6-8 hours per week. You will gain initial exposure to the weekly topics by engaging with asynchronous, online modules in Canvas. Each week will contain two hour-long synchronous sessions: a deeper dive into the topic and a peer feedback session on the course materials you will develop. You will get the most out of the course if you participate in both synchronous sessions each week. ETS and CELT will be available during the week to support you as you build your course materials.

Traditional Face-to-Face Course Design Institute

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.


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!”

For more information, contact

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