Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Summer Institute on Course (Re)Design

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The May 2020 Yale Summer Institute on Course (Re)Design at the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning will help instructors:

  • Examine principles of how people learn and apply them to teaching
  • Identify assessment strategies to strengthen connections between student learning and course assignments
  • Identify and refine components of classes that can be made more inclusive
  • Identify strategic actions to strengthen the culture of teaching and learning at Yale

The Institute will provide time and space to design classroom materials. It is also a wonderful opportunity to connect with colleagues from across the campus.

Dr. Jennifer Frederick, Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Dr. Nancy Niemi, Director of Faculty Teaching Initiatives, will lead the 2019 Summer Institute on Course (Re)Design with facilitators from the Yale community.

The Institute will take place from Tuesday, May 19 through Thursday, May 21. View the 2018 schedule for an idea of the time committment. The application for the 2020 SI will open on March 2, 2020 and will close on April 27, 2020.

If you have any questions, please email Jennifer Frederick. Please note: The institute is designed for, and funded by a source designated for, Yale faculty. We cannot accept applicants from other campuses. We encourage faculty or visiting faculty to explore the Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching


The Institute will take place in Sterling Memorial Library and the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning (inside SML). The building is located at 301 York Street. The SML Lecture Hall is located near the Manuscripts and Archives department of SML, just beyond the Selin Courtyard. If you enter via the Poorvu Center entrance at 301 York Street, proceed down the main corridor toward the library and turn left. Follow that hall to its end. The Lecture Hall and Memorabilia Room will be on your left. We will have signs to help direct you. If you enter via the SML Nave on High Street, walk toward the circulation desk and turn right. Pass under the arch and proceed to the end of the hall. The Lecture Hall and Memorabilia Room will be on your left.


The nearest Yale parking garage/lot is located at 150 York Street, the Chapel-York garage. The daily rate until 6 p.m. is $10. See the map below to view the location of the garage in relation to the location of the Poorvu Center.

A map of New Haven and the Yale Campus that highlights 301 York Street (center for teaching and learning) and 150 York Street (parking garage)