jmUDESIGN encompasses an array of initiatives designed to guide faculty through the course design and course redesign processes. jmUDESIGN begins with an intensive, 5-day summer institute succeeded by on-demand consultations and optional summer workdays. Whether one is envisioning a brand new course, redesigning a course that has been taught the same way for years, or wanting to change delivery mode (Face to Face, Hybrid, Flipped Classroom, Online, etc.), jmUDESIGN will provide participants with the skills, knowledge, and support necessary to foster a learner-centered environment within which each activity and evaluation is mapped to meaningful outcomes.
A team of JMU faculty facilitates jmUDESIGN. All facilitators have experience in the principles, methods and strategies the institute will discuss and some of the facilitators have had the privilege of attending external institutes such as: UVA Course Design Institute, Boot Camp for Professors, Dee Fink & Associates' Integrated Course Design Institute, and Biology Scholars. Each phase of the facilitation process is designed to model diverse pedagogical principles, ranging from Universal Design and learner-centered teaching to team-based learning (TBL). Participants are placed in a small group learning community for the duration of the institute, allowing for rich exchange and collaboration amongst peers.
This institute is sponsored by Bridging the Valley Grant.