Course Design Institute

CELT Course Design Institute

The CELT Course Design Institute (CDI) is full of interactive activities to give Iowa State University’s instructors skills, time, and space for designing or substantially revising their courses. CDI is typically offered in the Spring, Winter, and Summer sessions and there is normally an online option (Winter and Spring) and face-to-face option (Summer). 

Each CDI takes place over four days and contains one 90-minute session per day, plus a 30-minute Q&A with the presenter regarding their topic of presentation.

Prior presentations and presenters have included: 

  • Fundamental course design elements: Canvas and beyond (Dr. Lesya Hassall)
  • Building community and reducing anonymity (Dr. TJ Stewart, School of Education)
  • Effective assessment strategies and approaches to academic cheating (Dr. Cristina Bonaccorsi, Department of Chemistry)
  • Active learning techniques and feedback (Dr. Monica Lamm, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering)

Benefits From Participating

  • Following each synchronous session, you may join an optional 30-minute conversation for sharing large-enrollment course teaching tips.
  • Access to the CDI Canvas course with additional resources directly applicable to your teaching and student learning.
  • Ability to schedule 30-minute individual consultations with CELT instructional designers on your course design specifics throughout the CELT Winter CDI.
  • Receive a certificate of completion and recognition of participation shared with their department chair(s).
  • Customize your Canvas course using the highly adaptable ISU Template in preparation for the coming semester.
  • Align your course design using the CELT-supported tools.


  • Each CDI is open to ~40 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). Instructors of smaller enrollment courses may register and attend if space permits.
  • All disciplines are welcome and encouraged to participate.


If you have any questions or anticipate requiring a reasonable accommodation upon being selected for the program, please contact: Contact Dr. Lesya Hassall, Facilitator for the CELT Course Design Institute and Program Coordinator, CELT via email at or call the CELT Office at 515-294-5357 or email