CELT Summer Course Design Institute

CELT Summer Course Design Institute 2021

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Do you want to learn more about building community, effective assessment, active learning techniques, and course design? Apply now for the CELT Summer Course Design Institute (CDI) 2021. The CDI is an online interactive, hands-on, and collaborative opportunity for ISU instructors to build skills and have time and space to design or substantially revise their courses in the online or hybrid environment.

The CELT Summer CDI includes four 90-min sessions held on May 17, 19, 24, and 26 (9-10:30 a.m., followed by 30-minutes of optional guided discussion) about these topics:

  • Fundamental course design elements with ISU Template in Canvas and its variations
  • Building community and reducing anonymity
  • Effective assessment strategies and approaches to academic cheating
  • Active learning techniques and feedback

Participants seeking further engagement can request individual or group consultations with CELT staff and campus. CELT will enroll all participants into a self-paced Canvas course with curated support materials to support their work.


Erin Doran

“The CDI workshop helped me create greater clarity and transparency in my course delivery, boosting my knowledge about accessibility in online spaces, and overall, a great refresher in areas like assessment and alignment. The workshop material is broadly relevant to teaching in all disciplines, and I found it to be a great investment of my time.”

Erin Doran, Assistant Professor, School of Education, Summer 2020 CDI

I really took a lot away from the CDI discussions and especially one of the Q&A sessions on effective assessments. It is challenging to reach all students, but between the course design restructure and my new outlook on enhancing student engagement by offering additional course content (recordings, guided independent learning activities), I’m very pleased with the impact CDI made on my semester.

Karen Burt, Assistant Teaching Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering, Winter 2021 CDI

Chad Cardani-Trollinger

I really appreciated CDI for several reasons. The most beneficial to me was the exposure to a variety of tips, tricks, and tools – not just what they are, but the ability to learn how they are used and experience the resources first-hand in an online learning environment. I also appreciated the introduction to the Quality Matters rubric and CELT Course Alignment Tools. Through this learning journey, I was able to immediately apply the QM rubrics to help make sure both my online and face-to-face courses are optimized to reach the widest variety of learners with the most accessible and inclusive experiences.

Chad Cardani-Trollinger, Assistant Teaching Professor, Leadership Studies, Winter 2021 CDI

Rachel Meyers

“The organization of the content is extremely clear within the modules of the CDI course shell in Canvas. I learned several tips and strategies for designing the course on Canvas and engaging with students in the classroom and online. It was helpful to interact with other faculty members from across the university and acquire a range of perspectives of pedagogy and course design. Completing the Quality Matters self-review at the end of the CDI showed me my strengths in course design and areas where I could improve for next semester. Overall, participating in the CDI got me thinking about so many aspects of my preparation and pedagogy.”

Rachel Myers, Assistant Professor, World Languages & Cultures, Winter 2021 CDI participant

Travis Chillcot

“I can’t recommend CELT CDI enough. It helped me better understand the importance of articulating measurable student learning outcomes and how to structure course assignments each week in ways that help students successfully achieve these learning outcomes. I discovered the diversity of online resources we have available through ISU and how to implement these resources effectively both online and in the classroom, among other pedagogical benefits.

As a result of the Course Design Institute, I’ve limited my lecture time and replaced it with more student-centered, active-learning exercises, e.g., open-book online quizzes, group-based participation assignments, and peer-review assignments. Also, these changes have reduced the time I need to spend grading, created opportunities for my students to learn from each other, provided me more time to give constructive feedback, and improved the quality of their assignments. If you have an opportunity to take a CELT CDI workshop, take it! It’ll save you time, improve your teaching in the short- and long-term, and help your students get the most out of your course.”

Travis Chilcott, Associate Professor, Religion, Philosophy & Religious Studies, Summer 2020 CDI


  • 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.
  • Participants who fully engage in the four-day Institute and complete a self-evaluation of your course using CELT-supported tools will receive a $500 professional development stipend from the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost.*

Institute requirements for completion

  • Commit to attending each of the 90-minute synchronous sessions on May 17, 19, 24, and 26 (9-10:30 a.m., followed by 30-minutes of optional guided discussion).
  • Consider attending at least one of the optional guided discussions or schedule an individual consultation.
  • Proceed with your course (re)design work.
  • Explore the self-paced Canvas course with curated instructional materials and resources.
  • *Complete the Self-Review Evaluation Tool on your own and submit the PDF document to CELT by June 30, 2022, at 5 p.m. Once received, CELT will send an acknowledgment of completion to you along with directions for receiving your $500 professional development stipend from the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost.

Who can attend?

  • The CELT Summer Course Design Institute 2021 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.

Important dates

  • Registration will close on May 7 or until we are at our capacity of 40 participants (deadline extended from the original date of April 30).
  • Scheduled Activities: CELT Summer CDI includes four 90-minute synchronous sessions on May 17, 19, 24, and 26 (9-10:30 a.m., followed by 30-minutes of optional guided discussion and scheduled individual consultations).
  • Access: By May 10, 2021, 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 scheduled synchronous sessions followed by the optional 30-minute guided conversations (hosted via the Webex Education Connector in Canvas).
    • Open the ability to schedule 30-minute individual consultations with CELT instructional designers.
  • Requirement: A completed Self-Review Evaluation Tool is due to CELT by June 30, 2021, at 5 p.m. to be eligible for the $500 professional development stipend.

Registration and Contact Information

  • To register provide contact and course information, respond to what do you hope to accomplish during the Institute, and commit to attending all four 90-min sessions (held on May 17, 19, 24, and 26 from 9-10:30 a.m.). Registration closed on May 7.
  • To request reasonable accommodations to participate in the Course Design Institute or if you have questions please contact us via email at celt@iastate.edu or call 515-294-5357.

Extend Your Learning

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do if I am unable to attend all of the required 60-minute synchronous hands-on workshops?

Choose from the following options to complete the Institute:

  • Synchronous: CELT offers these topics as one-hour workshops throughout the summer and early fall. To experience a fully interactive session, we encourage you to attend one of the offerings.
  • Asynchronous: CELT will record each of the required sessions and post it in the self-paced CDI course. Although the recorded sessions will contain the same content and include time for you to pause and reflect, they will not offer the same type of interaction, camaraderie, and dynamics as the synchronous sessions do. To track your participation, we will use the Canvas Studio tracking tool. As proof of your engagement in the video, a prompt will ask you to create a screenshot and submit it to CELT.  

Who will be facilitating?

  • CELT staff and campus partners that are well-versed in course design.

Am I required to attend the 30-min guided discussion after each synchronous session?

  • No, you are not. However, we plan to answer your questions and use this time to surface our collective wisdom around online teaching and learning. The discussions’ intent is for aha moments, camaraderie, and sharing in which we learn together.

Am I required to attend Open Labs?

  • No, you are not. Open Labs are for you to work closely with CELT instructional designers on your course design. If you hear of an engaging teaching technique during a synchronous session but unsure how to implement it in your Canvas course, then Open Labs are for participants to request help in achieving that technique in your Canvas course!

How long after I attend a synchronous session do I have access to the Canvas self-paced CDI course?

  • The self-paced course will be available as long as you need it for the Summer 2021 and the 2021-2022 academic year.

Would you consider delivering the Online Course Essentials (ONCE) portion of the Institute virtually to my department?