jmUDESIGN: A 5-day intensive course design & re-design institute

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 8:30 AM - Fri, 16 Jun 2017 2:00 PM

jmUDESIGN 2017 will be June 12-16 at JMU's Student Success Center.

The application deadline has expired for the Summer 2017 cohort.

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jmUDESIGN encompasses an array of initiatives designed to guide participants through the instructional design and redesign processes. jmUDESIGN begins with an intensive, 5-day summer institute succeeded by optional on-demand consultations and summer workdays. 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, ranging from 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.

jmUDESIGN 2017 themes and descriptions:

  • Diversity and Inclusion. This group will focus on designing courses and course components that reflect best practices of the literature on inclusive teaching. These practices include but are not limited to 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.
  • 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.
  • General. These groups will bring together people from all different disciplines.  Course design projects may not align strongly with any of the other thematic groups.
  • STEM. These groups will bring together people from all different 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 JMUs general education program. Courses developed will be in response to the general education program’s request for proposals and meet the outcomes described here:
  • Community Service- Learning. This group will focus on community service-learning; a teaching and learning strategy that integrates intentional and meaningful service to the community with instruction and reflection to enrich and enliven learning, as well as strengthen communities.

Participants completing jmUDESIGN will make progress toward many outcomes, such as:

  •  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.


Lead Facilitators:

  • Scott Paulson, Ph.D., Physics and Astronomy, Center for Faculty Innovation
  • Stephanie Stockwell, Ph.D., Integrated Science and Technology, Center for Faculty Innovation

Group Learning Facilitators:

  • Indigo Eriksen, M.F.A., English, NVCC
  • Mary Gayne, Ph.D., History
  • Steve Harper, Ph.D., Engineering, Center for Faculty Innovation
  • Steve Grande, Ph.D., Center for Service Learning
  • Andreas Broscheid, Political Science, Center for Faculty Innovation
  • Kurt Schick, Ph.D., Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication; Learning Centers
  • Carole Nash, Ph.D., Integrated Science and Technology



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