When designing the CDI, we actually used the “Backwards Design” process to create our course plan! Below, you can see various steps we took and get a sense of the structure of the CDI.

First, we generated our participant-centered goals:

Participant-Centered Goals

Then, we identified observable and measurable learning objectives — specific things participants would be able to do by the end of the institute that would demonstrate they had met the goals:

Learning Objectives

Finally, we designed specific activities that aligned with our objectives for CDI participants:

CDI Activities

The arrows in the image below show the connections or alignment between each of the various components in the “Integrated Course Plan” for the Course Design Institute:

CDI Alignment