2016-17 Course Design Learning Community members and facilitator

  • Are you a graduate of UCAT’s Course Design Institute (CDI)?
  • Are you regularly teaching the course you designed, or are teaching another course that you designed using the strategies you learned?
  • Would you be interested in collecting information on how well your course design is working for your students?
  • Do you want to continue to make scholarly improvements to your course, but feel like you could benefit from some additional support and resources?
  • Would you like the opportunity to collaborate with faculty colleagues from across the university?


The OSTEP Course Design Learning Community offers faculty and staff a year-long opportunity to focus on making data-driven improvements to a particular course as part of a community of peers. This program has been designed to provide opportunities for graduates of the Course Design Institute who enjoyed the camaraderie and the scholarly community of the CDI to continue learning about course design and effective teaching while establishing collegial relationships across disciplines and reinforcing a faculty culture that brings together the scholarship and practice of teaching. More information about this and other OSTEP programs is available at the UCAT page on Ohio State Teaching Enhancement Programs.

Program Elements

Faculty selected for the program are expected to:

  • Generate a research question about the efficacy of some part of the course goals and objectives for a course that has been designed using the Backward Design method.
  • Develop and implement a plan for data collection and analysis (incorporating both direct and indirect methods such as embedded testing, student surveys, pre and post testing, use of rubrics, etc.) to attempt to answer their questions.
  • Attend the annual OSTEP spring reception (Date TBA).
  • Participate in monthly sessions organized by a peer facilitator and supported by UCAT resources. The Program is designed to form community among participants, so participation in the monthly sessions is essential.
  • Present on their projects informally within the group as their work progresses and provide feedback on other participants’ projects.

Participants may also choose to:

  • Attend conferences on college teaching.
  • Attend events organized by UCAT or the Academy of Teaching, e.g., special–topic seminars or forums; workshops; and/or book discussion groups.
  • Prepare a scholarship of teaching project for publication or conference presentation.
  • Share their results with colleagues by presenting or facilitating a session at a UCAT-coordinated event to discuss the project or report results of the implementation.

Program Implementation

  • The program will start in Autumn 2018 and end in Spring 2019.
  • Each participant will receive $1,000 for teaching support and enhancement activities such as:
    • Attending a teaching conference
    • Hiring a student to assist in data collection and analysis
    • Purchasing books on teaching
    • Purchasing teaching or data analysis software


Applications were due March 5.

Selection Process and Criteria

  • All faculty and staff members who have completed the Course Design Institute are eligible to apply for the program. Up to eight participants will be selected from all applicants.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a steering committee for OSTEP. Consideration will be given to the quality of the proposed project, the diversity of this faculty cohort (e.g., gender, ethnicity and disciplinary distribution), and commitment to being a member of a community. Decisions will be made jointly by the committee and UCAT.
  • If you already have applied for the 2018-2019 academic year but have not yet received confirmation of receipt, please contact us.

Additional Information

For more information about the Course Design Learning Community, please contact:

Teresa A. Johnson
Coordinator for Assessment and Curriculum Design
University Center for the Advancement of Teaching
260 Younkin Success Center
1640 Neil Avenue
Phone: 614-292-3644

E-mail: ucat@osu.edu (please type “Course Design Learning Community” in the subject line)