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Learning Academy Course Design Institute


The Learning Academy Course Design Institute provides faculty the opportunity to dedicate time to the design of a new course or redesign of an existing course, focusing on strategies that create significant learning experiences and enhance student success. During this 4-day, immersive experience, faculty will

  • Learn and apply a process for designing courses in which learning objectives, activities, and assessments are clear and aligned
  • Learn and plan to use
    • learning-centered approaches to instruction
    • learner-centered materials
  • Design “authentic” assignments intended to deeply engage students in their learning
  • Enhance connections with peers
  • Make significant progress toward designing or redesigning a course (faculty should not expect to have the entirety of their course planned by the end of the institute)
  • Present their progress and plans to their peers and deans

Dates and Locations

Tuesday, May 19 - Friday, May 22
Lindenwood Learning Academy, LARC 009

Schedule, Topics, and Activities

Eligibility and Expectations

The institute is appropriate for full-time faculty in any discipline who are developing a new course or substantially redesigning an existing course, whether on-ground or online (note: applicants planning to design or redesign an online course must be the course owner).

The 2020 Course Design Institute will accommodate up to 15 faculty participants. Each school is guaranteed one spot for a Dean-nominated faculty member. Three spots will be reserved for Math faculty participating in the Gateway Course Initiative (because of this arrangement, School of Sciences will have a total of four spots reserved). All other spots will be filled through a competitive application process. Faculty seeking one of these competitive spots should still seek and receive Dean support for their participation.

A committee will review and choose among the competitive applications. The committee will determine the best proposals and will give consideration to those (re)designing courses that are highly enrolled and who are (re)designing courses without other institutional support (i.e., converting on-ground to online with the help of LU online).

Participants are expected to:

  • Attend and fully participate in each day of the institute
  • Submit by the end of the institute:
    • Clearly defined course objectives
    • Descriptions of assessments and learning activities aligned to each objective
    • Description of a substantial “authentic assignment”
    • Description of at least one learner/learning-centered material or method that will be implemented when the course is taught
  • Present progress and plans to an audience of peers and deans at the close of the institute
  • Teach the newly (re)designed course (reflective of strategies covered at the institute) during the following academic year (Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021).
  • Submit a reflection to the Learning Academy once the course has been taught (template for reflection will be provided)

*Please note: Depending on starting place and work pace, it could be necessary for participants to work on their design outside of institute hours during the week of the institute in order to complete the deliverables.

What We Provide

  • Breakfast, lunch, coffee and water each day.
  • Workshop facilitators and consultants to discuss and/or help to refine ideas.
  • Resources for course design work (e.g., readings, templates).
  • Electrical outlets for laptops in the primary workshop and workspace (the Learning Academy).
  • Post-its (large and small), markers, and pens.
  • Access to a printer/copier.
  • Certificate of completion, if desired
  • Feedback to your dean for your faculty performance review
  • Ongoing design support after the institute from LLA staff, if requested

What You Should Bring

  • Laptop
  • Course materials
    • If you are redesigning a course, please bring (electronically or in print) your current syllabus and any assignment sheets or lesson plans you might have
    • If you are designing a new course, please bring a course description and any standardized objectives associated with the course. If you already have a text or readings for the course, please bring these.
  • Your program level outcomes as well as outcomes for any prerequisite courses so that we can ensure alignment among connected learning outcomes
  • Snacks and drinks besides coffee and water, if desired
  • Designing Significant Learning Experiences by Dee Fink – provided to participants by the Learning Academy (pending budget approval)

How to Apply

All those wishing to participate should complete the form below. If your Dean has nominated you to participate, you should indicate this on the form. If you are applying for a remaining spot through the competitive review process, you should indicate this on the form (you will still be asked if you have sought and received your dean’s support to participate).

In addition, applicants will be asked to detail the following:

  • a description of the course you intend to design or redesign
  • typical enrollment of this course (across sections)
  • motivation for designing or redesigning this particular course with the help of the Learning Academy Course Design Institute
  • when the course is next scheduled to be taught
  • the specific kind of support you believe you would most benefit from receiving as you design
  • the breakouts you wish to attend, if accepted to the institute

any other topics that you believe would be beneficial for you to learn about


Faculty Status
Please indicate type of applicant
Please verify that you have received approval from your dean to apply
Please indicate when the course is next scheduled to be taught.
Please indicate which breakout sessions you would like to attend on Day 2 if accepted (choose up to 3)

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