Course Design Institute

Participants who successfully complete this program earn a Course Design: Institute Pathway endorsement.

Cohort working on a course plan

Whether taken in person or online, the Course Design Institute (CDI) is an intensive experience in which Ohio State instructors focus on designing or redesigning a specific course. Participants receive the tools, time and support they need as they work to build or rebuild effective, student-centered courses.

Our Process

CDI introduces participants to a process called “Backward Design,” a concept put forth by educators Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe in their book Understanding by Design. While it is tempting to begin designing a course by deciding what content to cover, “Backward Design” suggests that instructors start by identifying specific, student-centered goals and objectives before they choose any other elements of the course. Participants will follow this process to finish the workshop with an "Integrated Course Plan" that will best enable student learning.

The "Backward Design" process was also used to create our course plan!

In-Person Course Design Institute Online Course Design Institute



What participants are saying...

“I have learned so much from the expertise and experiences from faculty of other disciplines, and that a course should be developed with structure.”

“I am taking with me a real course, that didn’t exist before, that I actually really want to teach!”

“Now I will not get overwhelmed with course design because I know how to break things down into manageable units.”