Course Design Institute

Since 2008, the Course Design Institute (CDI) provided opportunities for faculty to work with peers from different disciplines to design and develop fully online courses with a focus on pedagogy, and student interaction and engagement.

An intensive, 16-week, semester-long training experience for participants, it usually included reassigned time (course release) for approximately 14 instructors, permitting them to commit to the significant investment of time involved in the design of a pedagogically sound fully online course.  Courses were selected for inclusion in the CDI based on evidence of student demand done in consultation with Enrollment Services and the SDSU Provost’s Office.

The CDI was the incubator for the development of more than 200 fully online courses and was a major contributor to a significant milestone achieved at SDSU during the 2019 Summer Session with the enrollment of more than 10,000 students in fully online courses.

Since 2020, when the pandemic mandated a broader reach into online learning, ITS introduced the Flexible Course Design Institute (Flex-CDI) to familiarize large numbers of faculty with the principles of online course design and offered a menu of modular options curated for varying faculty interest and experience levels. 

ITS continued to offer the CDI until Fall 2022, when the demand to increase participants, as well as include faculty who already had designed online courses but wanted a refresher course, surpassed the ability to service faculty adequately. Therefore, in Fall 2022, the SPOT program was created as the next iteration of ITS’ ongoing support for training and guiding faculty on best practices for online and hybrid course design.

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