The Course Design Institute (CDI) provides opportunities for faculty to meet with peers from different disciplines to work on the development of hybrid and online courses.
In working with colleagues outside their usual circles, faculty members focus less on content development, placing greater emphasis on pedagogy.
SDSU received a large grant from Qualcomm in 2004 that was used for six years to
incentivize summer institute participation and broader dissemination of outcomes for faculty looking to use technology to enhance instruction. Over those years, the People, Information & Communication Technologies (pICT) program developed a significant
cohort of faculty who have become online education “champions” on campus.
Many of these faculty have gone on to develop fully online courses with support from
the provost’s office (course release time) — specifically aimed at boosting summer
options for students to enroll in high-demand courses.