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Course Design Institute

The Course Design Institute was developed as a partnership between Global Campus, the Teaching and Learning Center, and the Polytechnic Campus as well as other campus leaders.

Questions about this program can be directed to Trina McCarty, Instructional Designer at Global Campus.

In Summer 2021, the Course Design Institute will be offered fully online from June 1 through July 2, 2021. This five-week experience is for K-State faculty members who are currently teaching or plan to develop an online or blended course in the next year. Synchronous sessions will be offered through Zoom and other course components will be provided asynchronously.

This program is based on a Backward Design course building model that walks participants through drafting course goals and objectives, course mapping, and assignment and assessment design. You will be engaging in five modules.

  • Module 1: Teaching Persona, Philosophy and Practice
  • Module 2: Fundamentals of Online and Blended Teaching and Learning
  • Module 3: Tools for Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning
  • Module 4: Student Success in Online and Blended Teaching and Learning
  • Module 5: Assessment in Online and Blended Teaching and Learning

The CDI is provided at no cost, but limited seats are available. Faculty completing all requirements will earn a certificate of completion. Please register online.


What benefits can participants expect to receive from this program?

Participants will walk away being able to demonstrate a wide range of competencies. Other benefits include engaging with colleagues across disciplines, receiving feedback on course design elements from instructional designers and peers, and receiving access to a guided pathway for course design using research-based principles. All elements included in the course are purposeful and build on one another, and participants will also see a range of methods demonstrated throughout the program that they can include in their own course designs.


Who is the primary audience for this program?

This program fits a range of audiences since its primary focus is walking instructors through the course design process using the Backward Design method. Participants new to online teaching will certainly benefit, but even experienced instructors should walk away with new ideas. This program is meant to offer a step-by-step guide for course design, so instructors who are feeling overwhelmed by the idea of designing an online or blended course from scratch will also benefit from this “guided tour” of course design. The program facilitators also expect to modify the program to add additional resources based on faculty needs and requests as we gather participant feedback.


How much time can participants expect to spend on a weekly basis?

Participants should anticipate at least 3-5 hours of engagement each week, depending on how deeply they want to go into the course design activities. The time commitment will also depend on whether the instructor is building a course from scratch, or if they are transitioning a course that they have previously taught (i.e. they have a syllabus, ideas for assignments, assignment rubrics already created, etc.).