The Course Design Academy (CDA) is a highly interactive, hands-on learning community in which faculty design or redesign a course using evidence-based teaching and learning practices. By the end of the academy, you will have developed an overall course map and the learning pathways your students will take to achieve the course’s learning objectives.
Active participation in all in-person and online sessions is expected. Travel and lodging funds are available for commonwealth campus faculty accepted into the academy.
The CDA is open to all Penn State faculty members with teaching experience, which is defined as developing instructional plans and/or materials and using those plans/materials to reach multiple learners at once. For the CDA, the following are examples of teaching experience.
The CDA is not designed to meet the needs of first-time teachers. The CDA draws heavily upon participants’ own teaching experiences to connect those experiences to CDA activities, discussions, and assignments.
Course design is intensive work, so you can expect to spend about 20-30 hours on it.
Participation in the CDA is competitive. 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.
Aside from course design, the academy presents an opportunity to deepen your teaching and learning practice, connect with faculty from multiple disciplines and locations, and share your work with others. Inspired by the CDA, past participants have collaborated on grant projects, presented at teaching conferences, and given invited talks on teaching topics.
Here's what some of our previous CDA participants had to say about their experience:
Information about the 2024 CDA will appear here in the spring.
Email questions about the CDA to email@example.com.