The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning is available to support faculty and to influence measurable effectiveness in teaching, advance scholarly activities, and promote innovation in teaching and learning. We offer services in instructional design, instructional technology, small group instructional diagnosis, as well as one-on-one expert assistance. The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning also hosts a number of events, such as book discussion groups, learning communities, instructional technology learning activities, instructional design workshops and other faculty enrichment events.

Course Design Institute

Rethink.  Innovate.  Redesign.  Enhance.  Create.           
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Why should I think about a  Course Design Institute?                  

Have you thought about…

  • Having an opportunity to make some changes to your course design?    
  • Collaborating with colleagues on ways to increase student engagement and success?
  • Incorporating feedback from your students into your class?                                    
  • Using a new instructional approach?                                                                    

If so, this summer’s Course Design Institute can give you the time and supportive community that will help you achieve these and other goals.

What is the Course Design Institute?

L. Dee Fink's Book "Creating Significant Learning Experiences"
FCTL’s summer Course Design Institute (CDI) is a four-day, hands-on, interactive, and collaborative institute.  The CDI will give you a focused, engaging and collegial environment, in which you will learn about course design, teaching and learning that you can apply directly to one of your courses.

The CDI will be based largely on Dee Fink’s book, Creating Significant Learning Experiences (2013).  CDI Topics will include:

  • Backward Design (Wiggins & McTighe);
  • Integrated Course Design (Fink);
  • Engaged Learning;
  • Assessment; and
  • Research-based Strategies and Ideas in Learning & Teaching.      

What should I expect to gain from the CDI?

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  By the end of the CDI, you will have:
  1. Clarified learning outcomes for your course;
  2. Developed teaching, learning, and assessment strategies;
  3. Discussed research-based, teaching-related concepts and practices and applied these to your own class; and
  4. Created a portfolio of tools and resources for your class.

What is expected of me?

Be prepared to:

  • Immerse yourself in the experience of the 4-day CDI;
  • Engage in thought-provoking conversation with colleagues;
  • Ask questions of yourself and others;
  • Work on your own (outside of the CDI) to design your course;
  • Enhance your relationships with Ferris colleagues; and
  • Enjoy the collaborative learning environment.


The application deadline was Monday, May 18, 2015, and the Course Design Institute will be held June 15-18, 2015. 



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