Course Design Institute

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Winter 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 stipend. All participants will receive feedback and instructional design assistance throughout CDI.

Participant Requirements:

  • Attend four synchronous online meetings on January 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th from 9:30 – 11 a.m.
  • Engage in an online asynchronous course from December 11th – February 2nd.
  • Redesign at least two Canvas modules using the ISU Canvas course template.
  • Meet with CELT team members for consultation and as-needed support.
  • Complete Canvas activities, assignments, and quizzes.
  • Complete a Quality Matters self-review.

Please review the CDI Winter 2024 MOU and complete the CDI Winter 2024 Registration Form (Microsoft Forms) to participate. The form will open on October 26th and close on November 15th. Participants will be notified of acceptance and added to the Canvas course by December 1st.

Benefits From Participating

  • Access to the CDI Canvas course with additional resources directly applicable to your teaching and student learning.
  • Ability to schedule consultations with CELT instructional designers on your course design specifics throughout 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 ~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). Instructors of smaller enrollment courses may register and attend if space permits.
  • All disciplines are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Need Help?

If you need help registering for events or require and accommodation to participate in CELT’s events or training programs, please contact us at Additional information is available through University Human Resources for employees or through Student Accessibility Services.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the approximate time that it will take me to complete the CDI requirements?

The Course Design Institute asynchronous Canvas course has four instructional modules. CELT anticipates that you will spend approximately 4 hours in each module in addition to the four 1.5-hour synchronous meetings. Time spent on completing CDI activities may vary depending on the course and the instructor’s needs and goals. CELT’s instructional designers and instructional technology specialists are available for support throughout the design process.