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Course Design Institute: CDI

May 1

Summer 2024

The CELT Course Design Institute (CDI) gives Iowa State University’s instructors skills, time, and space for designing or substantially revising their courses. CDI resources and discussions explore the concepts of backward and accessible course design, assessments, and activities. Instructor participants will re-design at least two modules in their Canvas course using the new ISU Canvas course template. Participants must also complete a Quality Matters self-review to receive a $500 professional development award. All participants will receive feedback and instructional design assistance throughout CDI.

Participant Requirements:

  • Attend four synchronous online meetings: May 15th, May 22nd, May 29th, & June 5th
  • Engage in an online asynchronous course from May 1st – July 31st
  • Redesign at least two Canvas modules using the ISU Canvas course template
  • Meet with CELT team members for consultation and as-needed support
  • Complete a Quality Matters self-review
  • Attend summer teaching technology online training sessions and Quality Matter online workshop (Optional)


Each CDI is open to ~20 faculty or staff with teaching responsibilities from Iowa State University. CELT will give preference to instructors of large-enrollment courses (courses with 50 or more students) and to instructors who have not participated in previous CDI sessions. Participants are accepted into CDI in the order their registrations are submitted. Instructors of smaller enrollment courses may register and attend if space permits. All disciplines are welcome and encouraged to participate.

By May 1st, CELT will do the following:

  • Enroll participants in the self-paced Canvas course with resources directly applicable to teaching and learning.
  • Give access to the synchronous sessions hosted via the Webex Education Connector in Canvas.
  • Open the ability to schedule 30-minute individual consultations with CELT instructional designers and instructional technologists.


If interested, please review the CDI Summer 2024 MOU and complete the CDI Summer 2024 Registration Form (Microsoft Forms) to participate. 

The form will open on April 4th and close on April 24th.

Participants will be notified of acceptance and added to the Canvas course by May 1st.


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