Course Design Academy 2019

Do you have a new course to design? Have you wanted to redesign a course you’ve been teaching for a while? Consider applying to be a participant in the Course Design Academy (CDA) at the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. The application deadline is March 31, 2019.

Spend five days over the summer designing your course in the company of other faculty from across the University. As a participant in this highly interactive faculty learning community, you’ll apply principles of learning and assessment, as well as the latest research on teaching, to your specific course. Inspired by the CDA, participants have collaborated on grant projects, presented at teaching conferences, and given invited talks on teaching topics.

You will receive a copy of our course textbook, the contents of which will help you develop a course that is learning-centered and utilizes the most current research in higher education teaching. By the end of the academy, you will have developed a coherent and well-aligned (i.e., clearly connected objectives, learning activities, assessment) course syllabus. Along with the syllabus, you'll be creating an overall course design document; and given the considerable progress you will make on these documents, much of your summertime course planning work will be done.

The Schreyer Institute Course Design Academy is intense. There are other models across the nation for this sort of course design institute (and many charge high fees). Ours is not only free but is tailored to the needs of Penn State faculty. Whether yours is a familiar face at the Schreyer Institute, or if this will be a new connection, you can expect ongoing support even after you leave the Academy.

Here's what some of our previous CDA participants had to say about their experience:

  • Great Program!! Great to interact with colleagues from other disciplines.
  • An amazingly helpful way to kick off my summer. THANK YOU!
  • It made a huge difference in my attitude on returning to the classroom in the fall, and it prompted me to develop a few new strategies that led to better work from my students.
  • It was well run and those in charge were really experts in their fields.
  • I appreciated the program, found it very helpful, and it also gave me confidence in teaching in the fall semester, as I have been out of the teaching realm for about 20 years.
  • I would love to do this again to redesign courses I have taught before!

Academy class size is limited, so don’t delay! Successful applicants will be notified via email by April 15.

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Academy Requirements

Design of the academy is centered around full participation in person with your colleagues. Before applying, please verify that you are available on each of the days listed below and can travel to University Park to attend each session.

May 7 – 10, 2019
9:00A - 4:00P

June 20, 2019
9:00A - 2:00P

Travel grants are available for faculty traveling to the Course Design Academy from Penn State campuses other than University Park. Those who cannot fully attend each session are not eligible for participation.

Please note that preference is given to faculty members who are designing a new course or redesigning an existing course for Penn State students, particularly those courses that have already received departmental and Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee approval. Penn State graduate students and post-docs are admitted only if there is room on the roster.

Photos of previous Course Design Academy faculty