Course Design Institute

The Course Design Institute (CDI) is an annual program that provides faculty and lecturers with a collaborative and immersive environment in which to design a new course or modify an existing course optimized for student engagement and learning.

Course Design Institute workshop

CDI is open to Stanford faculty and lecturers from all academic disciplines. Participating faculty and lecturers will apply current research on teaching and learning to the development of a syllabus or selected class material for their own Stanford course. Topics are designed to support both teaching efficiency and learning effectiveness, and will be tailored to the needs of the faculty participants.

By the end of the Course Design Institute, you will:

  • Articulate overarching course learning goals
  • Generate course components such as syllabi, assignments/assessments, rubrics, learning activities/agenda for in-class implementation
  • Integrate research-based practices from learning science into course components
  • Reflect on teaching practices, receive and give feedback on teaching

Academic Year 2019-2020 Key Dates

For H&S new faculty, CDI will be September 11-13, 2019 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm each day.

H&S New Faculty Application


For faculty and lecturers in other Schools, CDI will be September 4-6, 2019 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm each day.

General Faculty Application

General applications due June 30; H&S applications due July 15.
Applicants should identify the specific course that will be designed or redesigned during the Institute and complete the brief application form.

Sample Topics & Individual Work Time

The program will cover and allow for substantial peer feedback individual work time for the following topics:

  • Community building
  • Student-centered design
  • Choreography of goals, ancillary goals, assignments, assessment
  • Student motivation and inclusion
  • Syllabus and course organization
  • Student engagement


If you need assistance, please contact Gloriana Trujillo at or Kritika Yegnashankaran at