What is the Learning Design Collaboratory?

The Learning Design Collaboratory provides course redesign services and support to faculty fellows to enhance course design and delivery, student impact, and course delivery costs. Services are provided by a cross-functional team of staff from the Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology (OTLT), the University College Division of Continuing Education (DCE), and numerous other campus partners. Faculty fellows receive compensation commensurate with their commitment to the Collaboratory efforts. 

What Does the Collaboratory Do?

  • Faculty Community of Practice 
    • A Faculty Community of Practice is an interdisciplinary group of faculty fellows who meet regularly to reflect on, share, and implement best practices, explore questions, ask questions of colleagues, and provide feedback and support.
  • Individual Course Development Teams
    • Individual faculty fellows are assigned a team of support staff that may include instructional designers, media producers, librarians, and other instructional support experts with a goal of developing or enhancing a specific course.

  • Research and Assessment 
    • A part of all Collaboratory efforts is assessment. The Learning Design Collaboratory provides research support and course assessment services to all faculty fellows in the Collaboratory. 

How Can I Become a Faculty Fellow?

The program offers support to faculty and instructors from a variety of disciplines who wish to take a holistic and collaborative approach to course design. To get started in the Collaboratory, please contact project manager, Chris Clark at 319-335-5651.  

Who Supports the Learning Design Collaboratory?

The Learning Design Collaboratory was funded through a campus-wide strategic investment beginning in FY2017. The lead executive sponsors for the Learning Design Collaboratory are:

  • Maggie Jesse, Senior Director, Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology
  • Anne Zalenski, Associate Dean, Division of Continuing Education


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