Designing an Adaptable Course: January 4-15

  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Via Canvas Course and Synchronous Zoom Sessions
  • Please contact Eric Fournier at with questions about this institute.

Event Description

This two-week online course design institute will guide participants in planning and preparing to teach a course that is adaptable for various potential modes of instruction (hybrid, face-to-face, blended, or online course delivery). The Institute will demonstrate how to use online tools that enhance instruction, allow for flexible delivery of material, and provide multiple ways to engage students in synchronous and asynchronous settings. The Institute include daily self-paced learning modules and cohort-based Zoom sessions, along with guided facilitation from CTL staff.

Overall time commitment for participating in this program includes 2-3 hours of daily independent work and 60-90 minutes of synchronous connection via Zoom on 8 of the 10 weekdays during the 2-week program. Synchronous cohort sessions will take place at either 10am or 3pm Central time, depending on participant availability (choose a time when you register). The registration deadline is Thursday, December 31.

Participants in the program will:

  • Learn about and employ backwards design to develop a course plan, which integrates learning objectives with assessments, assignments, and activities, for their upcoming course;
  • Build one or more units (or modules) for their course;
  • Discover strategies for helping their students thrive, including plans for promoting meaningful interaction, social presence, and equitable learning;
    and Experience Canvas from a student perspective.

Please contact Dr. Eric Fournier, Director, Educational Development, at, with questions.

Note that this course design institute is primarily open to faculty teaching this spring at WashU. If you are a graduate student or postdoc who will be an instructor of record and who would like to participate, please contact for next steps. A limited number of spots may be made available for graduate students and postdocs depending on faculty participant demand.