Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Course (Re)Design Institute

Course (Re)Design Institute: May 21-23, 2024

How to Register

  • Please fill out the Course (Re)Design registration form by Monday, April 29.
  • Travel funds are available for new faculty not yet on campus. Eligible faculty must be preparing to teach undergraduates at Yale. Email faculty.teaching@yale.edu to inquire.
  • Want help translating your course design to your Canvas site? Join us for one additional day, May 24: Blank Canvas: Create Your Course Site. This one-day workshop will demonstrate instructional design, provide templates, and leave time for building course sites. Details and registration.

Course (Re)Design Program

Through the Poorvu Center’s Course (Re)Design Institute, participants will:

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  • Join a vibrant and supportive teaching and learning community of Yale instructors and Poorvu Center staff
  • Explore pedagogical approaches through interactive workshops on equity-focused teaching, student-centered learning, assessment, active learning, and community and belonging
  • Apply knowledge gained from workshops to make progress on the design and planning of your course during structured work time
  • Become aware of Poorvu Center and university resources available to support you and your students throughout your course

More than 200 faculty members have completed the Yale Course (Re)Design Institute. The institute works best when we build a community dedicated to examining the principles of excellent pedagogy and when participants are able to be present throughout the in-person, multi-day institute.

The Course (Re)Design Institute supports faculty to develop course design through first principles, giving time to engage with overarching concepts of course design in the Core Sessions as well as the time to work on course materials during the Community Work Times. Elective Sessions give space for faculty to get a deeper understanding of Yale resources, specifically Teaching with Yale’s Collections and Student Support Resources at Yale. See below for more information about the schedule of the institute and the goals of the individual core sessions.

Faculty will work closely within a cohort, sorted by disciplinary preference, to share challenges and practices with each other throughout the institute. Facilitators of those cohorts will reach out ahead of the institute to offer a consultation to learn more about and help to shape faculty goals for the institute.

Schedule for the 2024 Course (Re)Design Institute

Tuesday, May 21 Wednesday, May 22 Thursday, May 23
9:00am Breakfast 9:00am Breakfast 9:00am Breakfast
Core Session #1: Leading with Pedagogical Values Core Session #3: Assessing What Matters Core Session #5: Structuring for Belonging
Break and Community Work Time Break and Community Work Time Community Work Time and Wrap up 
Lunch Lunch Lunch- large community takeaways and overview of instructor supports
Core Session #2: Centering Our Students Core Session #4: Building an Equitable & Engaging Course Structure 1:30pm end of day 3
Break and Elective Session: Teaching with Yale’s Collections or work time Break and Elective Session: Student Supports and Resources or work time
Community work time Break and Community work time
4:45pm end of day 1 4:45pm end of day 2








Core Sessions Goals:

Core Session #1: Leading with Pedagogical Values

  • Critically self-reflect on our pedagogical values and how our positionalities influence them.
  • Reexamine our pedagogical values using an equity-minded teaching framework.
  • Develop a self-reflection plan to ensure these values consistently guide our course design process.

Core Session #2: Centering Our Students

  • Understand the pedagogical benefits of student-centered teaching practices
  • Identify teaching strategies to activate and build on students’ prior knowledge
  • Apply “backward design”  to a course’s unit/module to develop student-centered goals & practices

Core Session #3: Assessing What Matters

  • Identify the multiple purposes of assessment in your course
  • Consider new approaches and options to common assessments, particularly in the age of AI
  • Generate and share ideas for how to integrate meaningful assessment into the educational experience

Core Session #4: Building an Equitable & Engaging Course Structure

  • Instructors will be able to develop instructional activities into their course structure that
    • integrate principles of engagement and equity
    • answer the question of “How do you want your students to be different by the end of this course?”
    • align with their assessments
    • develop students’ mental models in the discipline

Core Session #5: Structuring for Belonging

  • Connect the pieces of backward design and equity-focused pedagogies to envision a rhythm for your class that supports course goals and promotes belonging
  • Determine how to communicate course design and values to students

Can’t make it?

Consider registering for our August events to support course design:

  • August 14: Syllabus (Re)Design. This one-day interactive workshop provides an opportunity to consider the overall course design process through the lens of the syllabus. Details and registration.
  • August 16: Blank Canvas: Create Your Course Site. Details and registration.