Applications for the 2019 Course Design Institute are now closed. Please check back in spring 2020. 

The Course Design Institute is an intensive, multi-day institute for instructors wishing to learn how to design or substantially revise a course. It is sponsored by the Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology Center for Teaching. 

Instructors accepted into the institute will:

  • Learn and apply a process for designing an effective course.
  • Create a plan for developing elements of a course, including learning objectives, assignments and assessments, and the course outline.
  • Explore teaching strategies and philosophies with colleagues and Center for Teaching staff.

Please note that the Course Design Institute is open to instructors who wish to design or substantially revise an in-person course. If you wish to work on an online course, please apply for Distance and Online Education's Design4Online, a comprehensive training program that assists instructors at all experience levels in designing or redesigning online courses through the implementation of best practices and leading online pedagogy.


Benefits and Incentives


  • Hands-on guidance in the process of developing or revising a course, including focusing course content, developing assessments, and creating effective learning experiences.
  • Professional development and networking.
  • Fresh perspectives from colleagues in other departments.
  • Opportunities for continued consultation and support beyond the Institute, including an assigned Student Instructional Technology Assistant (SITA) for help with leveraging teaching technologies.

How to Apply


  • Any faculty member (clinical-track, tenure-track, lecturer, visiting, or adjunct) at the University of Iowa who wishes to design or substantially revise a course is eligible to apply to be a part of the Course Design Institute. Faculty who are team-teaching may apply, but each instructor must fill out a separate application, noting with whom they will be teaching. 
  • Applicants must have approval of their DEOs.
  • See an example of the application.  
Course Design Institute