Course Design Institute

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The Center for Creative Instruction & Technology 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 Summer 2021.


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

Course Design Institute Showcase Schedule - August 25th

Join us on Wednesday, August 25 as we celebrate the achievements of our Summer 2021 CDI participants! They will be highlighting the courses they built during the CDI. Below you will find the schedule of sessions arranged by time and title. To learn more about the session, click on the plus “+” symbol to expand.

Zoom Link for all presentations:

Wednesday Morning

NRG 223 Energy Control Strategies / 8:40 - 9:00 am

Faculty Name: James Horst
ID Lead: Jason Silverstein

NUR 210 Nursing Concepts IV / 9:00 - 9:20 am

Faculty Name: Adam Whitlock
ID Lead: Jason Silverstein

HIM 220 HIM and Healthcare IT / 9:20 - 9::40 am

Faculty Name: Quinesha D Thomas-Rice
ID Lead: Jason Sliverstein

MEA 120 Medical Office Procedures / 9:40 - 10:00 am

Faculty Name: Sarah Casarino
ID Lead: Jason Silverstein

WDCE Computer Coding / 10:00 - 10:20 am

Faculty Name: Ditta
ID Lead: Hilary Valentine

BIO 100 Medical Terminology / 10:20 - 10:40 am

Faculty Name: Ginu Thomas
ID Lead: Adrian Peterson

AGS 250 Greenhouse Crop Production / 10:40 - 11:00 am

Faculty Name: Cristel Folke
ID Lead: Adrian Peterson

CRJ 118 Corrections in America / 11:00 am - 11:20 am

Faculty Name: Jody Huber
ID Lead: Adrian Peterson

Wednesday Afternoon

ESL 048 Advanced Listening and Speaking / 12:00 - 12:20 pm

Faculty Name: Simeon Diehl
ID Lead: Carrie Curry

EDC 211 Classroom Management / 12:20 - 12: 40 pm

Faculty Name: Germaine Solomon
ID Lead: Carrie Curry

ESL 034 Intermediate ESL Writing / 12:40 - 1:00 pm

Faculty Name: Ayta Zeleke
ID Lead: Carrie Curry

ENG 111 Honors Comprehension and Research / 1:00 - 1:20 pm

Faculty Name: Nicole Truitt
ID Lead: Carrie Curry

NUR 200 Nursing Concepts II / 1:20 - 1:40 pm

Faculty Name: Kimberly Cano
ID Lead: April Higgins

NUR 211 Community and Professional Concepts / 1:40 - 2:00 pm

Faculty Name: Joanne Coyle
ID Lead: April Higgins

NUR 114 Pharmacology in Nursing / 2:00 - 2:20 pm

Faculty Name: Kim Hines
ID Lead: April Higgins

POL 111 Political Science / 2:20 - 2:40 pm

Faculty Name: Michael McKain
ID Lead: Al Unrath

PSY 121 General Psychology / 2:40 - 3:00 pm

Faculty Name: Katina Clark
ID Lead: Al Unrath

OTA 120 Activity Analysis / 3:00 - 3:20 pm

Faculty Name: Nancy Broadhurst
ID Lead: Al Unrath

PSY 121 General Psychology / 3:20 - 3:40 pm

Faculty Name: John Fillmore
ID Lead: Al Unrath

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?

The Summer 2021 Course Design Institute is currently in session. Please check back at a later date for future CDI offerings. If you have questions, email

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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 Summer 2021 cohort, participants will meet synchronously on Thursday, May 13, 20, 27 and June 3 from 9AM – 12PM; 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 Summer?

  • The synchronous sessions will be held on Thursday, May 13, 20, 27 and June 3 from 9AM – 12PM (with small group design sessions scheduled); however, participants will have through August 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 by May 11. All applications are due on Friday, May 7. Space is limited to 20 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.