Course Design Institute

The Center for Creative Instruction invites faculty to apply to its Course Design Institute (CDI), an online experience intended to help prepare faculty to design high-quality distance education courses. The CDI will be offered during the Spring 2021 semester. We are planning to offer another CDI during the summer; stay tuned for more details!


Designing distance education courses requires intentional and informed planning. We are offering thCDI as a structured professional development opportunity for faculty to learn about effective practices in designing, developing, and delivering high-quality distance education and providing an opportunity to develop upcoming courses.


Participants will receive $2,000 to complete the CDI and build a course that meets the College’s quality standards for distance education. 


Contact for more information about the CDI.

As a result of the institute participants will:

Number 01

Develop a course plan that organizes the structure of the course into learning modules, identifies module outcomes, assessments, activities, and instruction.

Number 02

Design learning opportunities and resources that foster student success and equity in a distance learning environment.

Number 03

Develop an online course that is based on sound instructional design practices and meets the requirements of the Quality Assurance Rubric (QAR).

Number 04

Develop a plan to evaluate the design, development, and delivery for continuous improvement.

Number 05

Showcase the course developed throughout the institute.

Course Design Institute

General Schedule for the Course Design Institute

The Course Design Institute will consist of a variety of synchronous and asynchronous activities, with time built in for individual course planning.  Participants will participate in collaborative sessions on fundamental topics of course design with members of CCIT and have time to work on their courses with an instructional designer.  Below is a general list of topics for the Course Design Institute: 

  • Foundations for Success in Distance Education Course Design. This session will provide an orientation to the institute and its course design process, as well as lay the foundation for best practices in the design, development and delivery of distance education courses. 
  • Measuring Student Learning: Assessments & Assignments. This session will explore a variety of principles and practices for assessing student learning. 
  • Planning for High-Impact Learning Experiences. This session will explore a variety of activities commonly and effectively used in engaging students in distance education. 
  • Planning for the LMS. This session will showcase dynamic multimedia content, review the LMS Minimum Usage Requirements, and provide opportunities for participants to learn the tools within D2L they will use to build their courses. 
  • Course Design Work. These sessions are designed to work in small groups with an instructional designer from CCIT. 
  • Course Showcase. Share the work you’ve accomplished during the CDI by highlighting the course you’ve built. 

How do I apply?

To apply for the Course Design Institute, complete the application by selecting the link below: 


Course Design Institute Application


Applications will be accepted through November 23.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

  • Any faculty member (full-time or adjunct), instructional coordinator, department chair, or instructional director can apply to the CDI.

What times will the synchronous meetings be during the institutes?

  • For the Spring 2021 cohort, participants will meet synchronously on Friday, January 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 1-4 pm; there will be additional time planned to meet in small groups with an instructional designer from CCIT, as needed.

When will the institute be offered in the Spring?

  • The synchronous sessions will be held on Friday, January 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 1-4 pm (with small group design sessions scheduled); however, participants will have through May 2021 to complete their courses.  

If I apply, am I automatically enrolled?

  • Applications will be reviewed, and participants will be notified if they were accepted in early December. All applications are due on November 23. Space is limited to 40 participants.

Will I be compensated for working off-contract?

  • Yes! Participants will receive $2,000 to complete the CDI and build a course that meets the College’s quality standards for distance education. 

Who do I contact if I have questions?

  • Contact for more information about the Course Design Institute.