jmUDESIGN encompasses an array of initiatives designed to guide participants through the instructional design and redesign process. jmUDESIGN begins with an intensive, five-day summer institute followed by optional on-demand consultations. The summer institute will provide participants with the skills, knowledge, and support necessary to foster a learner-centered environment. 

During jmUDESIGN, a team of experienced facilitators will assist participants in the principles, methods, and strategies of backward design and course alignment. Each phase of the facilitation process is designed to model diverse pedagogical principles, including learner-centered teaching and active-learning techniques. Participants are placed in a small-group learning community for the duration of the institute, allowing for rich exchange and collaboration among peers.

Applying for jmUDESIGN

jmUDESIGN will be June 11-15, 2018. 

The application period for this cohort has closed.

Click here for a PDF preview of the application.

Small-group themes for jmUDESIGN 2018:
  • Civic Engagement. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) recently named civic engagement a core competency, given the importance of preparing students for active and effective citizenship. This group is open to faculty from all disciplines and will focus on embedding civic learning and democratic engagement into new or existing courses.
  • Community College. This group will focus on teaching at the community college level. Come together with faculty from around the state to design courses that are mindful of the unique situational factors associated with community college teaching.
  • Diversity and Inclusion. This group will focus on designing courses and course components that reflect best practices from the literature on inclusive teaching. These practices include questions of access, for example, with respect to ability, transparency of course requirements and standards, and inclusion of frequently marginalized but relevant perspectives in the course materials.
  • General. This group will bring together people from all different disciplines. Course design projects may not align strongly with any of the other thematic groups.
  • STEM. This group will bring together people from a variety of STEM disciplines. Course design projects may not align strongly with any of the other thematic groups.
  • Upper-Level General Education. This group is intended for faculty developing 300-level courses for inclusion in JMU’s General Education (Gen Ed) program. Courses developed will be in response to Gen Ed’s request for proposals and meet the outcomes described here: https://www.jmu.edu/gened/IntegrativeCourses.shtml 
Participants completing jmUDESIGN will make progress toward many outcomes, including:
  • Designing instruction that aligns learning objectives, assessments, and activities;
  • Articulating and justifying design and pedagogical choices; and
  • Fostering relationships among colleagues across disciplines, colleges, and ranks.
  • Appreciating pedagogy—the art and science of teaching and learning--as a significant higher education endeavor;
  • Identifying factors that influence pedagogical choices;
  • Creating assignments and/or courses that support higher-level learning (deep learning);
  • Designing and offering courses or curricula that align learning objectives, assessment, and learning activities;
  • Articulating how current pedagogical choices reflect disciplinary norms; and
  • Integrating knowledge of student development models in teaching philosophies and practice.
Group Learning Facilitators:
  • Sarah Brooks, Ph.D., Art History
  • Indigo Eriksen, M.F.A., English, NVCC
  • Joseph Harsh, Ph.D., Biology
  • Emma Thacker, Ph.D., Early Elementary & Reading Education
  • Matthew Trybus, M.Ed., Learning Centers
Partners/Sponsors 2018: 

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