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Course Design Academy


May 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 17th


The Course Design Academy (CDA) will meet for one whole day session and five half day sessions during Summer A to explore learner-centered design principles, discuss ideas in small learning teams, and apply principles/concepts to courses and syllabi. You will exit with a new and improved fall course and tools to implement strategies and activities. Over the six days, we will continue to explore ways to “backward” design from what we want our students to know, identify effective ways to assess what our students know, explore ways to support significant long-term learning, and plug these ideas into your course.


To register for CDA click here.



Blended Learning Academy


May 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 30th, 31st

June 1st


Blended Learning Academy explorers the design of hybrid courses over six half day sessions. This refers to a combination of face-to-face meetings and online sessions which when properly implemented can result in improved student success, satisfaction and retention. Grounded in several evidence based theories, the experience will allow you to design or redesign a flipped, hybrid or otherwise blended course that promotes active, engaged and deep learning. Using the Backwards Design Model introduced in CDA, participants will choose, model and develop a variety of teaching and learning strategies and be exposed to various emerging technologies.


To register for Blended Learning Academy click here.



Academic Portfolio Workshop


June 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th


The Academic Portfolio Workshop was first introduced to FGCU under the direction of Peter Seldin and J. Elizabeth Miller. This professional development program is time intensive. Participants are assigned to a faculty coach to develop the narrative portion of the promotion portfolio. The workshop will result in you developing a framework to showcase your strengths and accomplishments as a faculty member.


To register for Academic Portfolio Workshop click here.


Teaching for Critical Thinking Academy


June 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st


This workshop is designed to help participants infuse strategies and activities to enhance students’ critical thinking skills into a new or existing course. Participants will be introduced to a framework for teaching for critical thinking that can be applied across disciplines. The Academy faciliatator will model various teaching methods and activities that demonstrate the utility of this framework. In addition, participants will practice the model and strategies in small groups with feedback from peers and the facilitators in order to determine the techniques that best fit their individual teaching styles, course content, and student learning outcomes.


To register for Teaching for Critical Thinking Academy click here.