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*Currently at capacity – please sign up for our waitlist below*

May 21st – 23rd 2024

~9:00am – 4:30pm (in-person only)

What is the CDI?

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CITL’s Course Design Institute (CDI) is a three day intensive educational development opportunity for faculty preparing to design a new course or re-design a current course.

The CDI will introduce UMaine specific contexts and resources focused on improving your course design for greater student engagement, retention and learning. Through a mixture of learner-centered activities, one-on-one consultations and individual work time, we will provide you with what you need to design and align key elements of your course. Particular areas of focus include relevant learning outcomes, effective assessments strategies, and engaging learning activities.

Throughout the three days, we will help you become familiar with our course design process and the resources available to you on campus. You will then use this process iteratively as you continue to design your course. You will be supported by a facilitation team, instructional designers, faculty support personnel and your peers.

Each day will have a different course design focus supported by campus resources, inspirational models, and research-based evidence. We will weave aspects of equity and inclusivity in teaching throughout the three days. Participants should expect to commit to the activities throughout each day, with homework assignments each night to help keep the cohort on track. We will provide a great mechanism to systematically identify areas of change in your course design, and help create a schedule to help you reach your course (re)design goals.

  • At least one course unit with fully aligned outcomes, assessments and activities.
  • A revised syllabus that addresses issues of transparency, inclusion, and/or alignment
  • A partnership with instructional support at UMaine
  • A community of engaged colleagues 
  • Define and align your own course goals and learning outcomes
  • Design effective assessments and learning activities
  • Apply research-based as well as inclusive teaching and learning strategies to course design
  • Evaluate which campus resources, tools and technologies to use during course development and instruction 
  • Integrate a reflective practice into your teaching  
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Our CDI has limited enrollment in order to maintain a sense of community, and we require that you complete a short form in order to participate. This form gathers data that we collect and store to analyze the usefulness of the program and allows us to make adjustments to our curriculum.

Do I have to attend all three days?
Yes. If you have to miss a small part of a day, we can accommodate that, but we expect all who apply to commit to the three days of in-person work.

Can I join remotely?

No. We designed this program for in-person engagement.

Will I get paid?
Participants who complete the institute will receive a certificate and a $250 stipend for participation*. 
*must be eligible for compensation.

I am a part-time faculty member/graduate student/post-doc? Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes! As long as you have a course you will be teaching to work on, we welcome anyone from UMaine.

Past CDI Participants

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Hollie Adams – Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

Lynn Atherley – Academic Advisor & Success Instructor 

Erin Grey – Assistant Professor of Aquatic Ecosystem Genetics

Anup K C – Postdoctoral Research Associate  

Gudrun Keszöcze – Modern Languages and Classics 

Danielle Levesque – Associate Professor of Mammalogy and Mammalian Health

Alyce Lew – Academic Advisor & Success Instructor 

Jane Puhlman – Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders 

Xinyuan Wei – Assistant Research Professor in Forest Ecosystem Modeling 

Shannon Wright – Assistant Professor of Athletic Training

Group photos of Fall 2023 Participants

Mario Andrade – Assistant Professor of Potato Breeding and Genetics  

Matthew Bates – Lecturer in Mathematics 

Ayesha Bundy – Lecturer in Mathematics 

Yadina Clark – Administrative Specialist

Adwoa Dankwa – Post Doctoral Research Associate 

Jennifer Fronczak – Professional Learning Specialist 

Benjamin Guenther – Lecturer in Psychology 

Zachary Hutchinson – Lecturer in Computer Science 

Tomas Marangoni  –  Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Reed Miller – College of Engineering and Computing

Jane Wang – Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Group photo CDI Participants spring 2023

Ryan Dippre – Associate Professor of English / Director of College Composition

Alice Doughty – Lecturer School of Earth and Climate Sciences 

Robby Finley – Professor of Philosophy 

Shannan Fotter – Lecturer of Kinesiology, Physical Education and Athletic Training

Daniel Hayes – Professor of Geospatial Analysis and Remote Sensing 

Peter Howorth – Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering Technology 

Joshua Walton – Part Time Faculty History

Sarah Walton – Assistant Professor of Sociology 

Luis Zambrano – Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Henri Akono – Associate Professor of Business 

Christine Beitl – Associate Professor of Anthropology

Charles Day – Faculty Maine Business School 

Brianna Dym – Faculty Computing and Information Science  

Ishani Jayamaha – Graduate Student 

Tomas Marangoni  –  Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Kara Peruccio – Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies 

Nicole Rogers – Assistant Professor in Silviculture 

Andres Urcuqui – Post Doctoral Research Associate

Thanks so much.

Really found it a good way to kick-start my career at UMaine!
2022 CDI Participant University of Maine Faculty