Summer Course Design Institute

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The Summer Course Design Institute is a six-day intensive program for graduate students and post-docs to work in person with CIE staff on designing courses they will teach at Purdue West Lafayette.

Participants receive a certificate and continued support as they teach their course.

Schedule & topics

Each institute day (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) is divided into two large sessions, mixing activities and working time.

Topics covered include: identifying situational factors, learning outcomes, assessment, learning activities, course alignment (outcomes, activities, and assessment), cognition/motivation, syllabi construction, scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning, next steps, and career preparation.

After teaching the designed course, participants in the program work on creating a portfolio that documents the course, its changes, their pedagogical process (e.g., how, what, and why they made the decisions they did), and student learning, as well as what they might do or change in the future.

Applications for Summer 2023 will be accepted starting in Spring 2023

Please contact Dan Guberman ( or Erica Lott ( if you have any questions.

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