Course Design Working Retreat

Deadline extended: May 22 at 12 noon.

The Center for innovative learning has helped instructors create rich, active classroom environments which support meaningful student learning, the kind that changes the way students think, act, or feel. Our course development activities are predicated on the belief that you, as an instructor, care deeply about student learning and want to be the best teacher you can be. The Course Design Working Retreat (CDWR)—an intensive, multi-day, hands-on event—provides you the opportunity to experience the iterative, dynamic, and scholarly process of learning-focused course design.


During the Course Design Working Retreat, an interdisciplinary group of instructors will spend five half days designing or substantially redesigning courses so that they promote significant, long-term learning. As a participant, you’ll explore learner-centered design principles in a group setting and then work on your individual course. The CIL team, led by experienced facilitators, will provide you opportunities for brainstorming, individualized feedback, and on-going support. You are also invited to consult one-on-one with CIL throughout the week. UNTHSC faculty interested in designing or redesigning a course are encouraged to apply. This working retreat will use course evaluation and redesign principles based on Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe and Creating Significant Learning Experiences by L. Dee Fink.

Goals for Retreat Participants

The CDWR is designed to expand participants’ pedagogical content knowledge, foster community and personal growth, and increase teacher satisfaction. During the Institute, you will:

  1. Design or redesign a course (or portion of a course) built on learner-centered design principles;
  2. Articulate course outcomes and learning goals for a course (or portion of a course).
  3. Explore a variety of teaching techniques and high-impact practices that emphasize student engagement and place responsibility for learning on the students.


  • Schedule: June 24-28, 7:45 am – 12:00 noon.
  • Faculty must commit to attending all five sessions on June 24-28, 7:45 am – 12 noon.
  • Faculty must also commit to working on assignments given during the retreat.

Benefits of attending this retreat: 

  • You will be working on your own materials developed for your own course and will leave the retreat with a designed or redesigned course (or portion of a course). that is aligned to your course learning outcomes.
  • You will receive copies of course materials: Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe and Creating Significant Learning Experiences by L. Dee Fink as well as a Retreat working notebook.
  • Breakfast and lunch are included in the retreat.
  • You will receive a certificate in Course Design from the Center for Innovative Learning.


This working retreat is limited to 15 teaching faculty. Only a few slots remainFaculty must apply using the attached form, which must also be approved by direct supervisors.