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Teaching & Learning Center Resources

Teaching & Learning Center (TLC): TLC Course Design Institute

A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Teaching & Learning Center (TLC) is an innovative center and University-wide resource that promotes teaching excellence, development opportunities, and activities across all University programs.

Course Overview

The TLC Course Design Institute (CDI) is an annual program that provides faculty and instructors with a supportive environment to learn about evidence-based practices of course design and practically incorporate these methods into a new, or modify an existing course.

Course Description: This course is for all ATSU faculty and instructors interested in designing or revising an ATSU class. Together, participants will engage in:

- Evidence-based practice of course design that includes the consideration of contemporary teaching approaches or online, hybrid, and in-person modalities

- Enhancing a new or existing course with measurable learning outcomes, and active learning techniques and assessment

- Developing skills to create a well-designed and instructionally sound course

- Substantially completed work towards a new or revised course design


During the institute, participants will:

- Attend and participate in 1.5-hour meetings once a week

- Complete 4-6 hours of independent instructional activities each week

- Devise a plan for teaching and learning activities, assessment of student learning for a target course

- Utilize the major tools and features that drive learning, as well as create a well-designed course site


Course Benefits: With support from experts, participants will have structured time to focus on enhancing student learning in one particular course. Participants will also benefit from collegial conversations and brainstorm with others from across the University system. Colleagues are welcome to participate together in order to collaborate during the institute; however, each person must submit a separate application. Furthermore, upon completion, participants will earn an official endorsement of being TLC Course Design certified, satisfy 5-Credits and the culminating deliverable for Level 1 of the TLC Level Up! certificate program.

Course Format: The institute takes place over 7-weeks, where participants meet virtually once a week for 1.5 hours. Besides the weekly meetings, participants are expected to complete approximately 4-6 hours of instructional activities (homework) each week.

Location: Zoom
Time: Mondays @ 1 to 2:30 PM (AZ) / 3 to 4:30 PM (MO)
Date: June 07-August 01 2021


Pre-requisites: This course is specifically designed for participants with little to no experience with designing a course or Canvas. However, it is also beneficial for anyone with experience creating a course or using Canvas, at any level. Participants should also have basic computer skills that include, at a minimum, experience logging into a website, interacting with a web page, (i.e., navigating websites, clicking hyperlinks, viewing videos, uploading files, etc.).


Technical Requirements: To be able to successfully complete the training, participants are required to have consistent access to a computer with reliable internet connectivity. Due to the online nature of this course, participants should have a computer that meets the University minimum requirements for operating systems (Windows 8 or higher, Mac OS 10.10 or higher, iOS 7.0 or higher iPad), business programs (PDF reader, word processor, presentation software), webcam with microphone or headphones.


Content Delivery: This course is all online delivered via Canvas, consisting of both synchronous meetings and asynchronous self-study. Participation will happen two ways, 1) by attending live virtual meetings, and 2) completing prescribed modules in Canvas.


Course Completion: Upon completion of the Course Design Institute, participants will receive a certificate of completion. To earn the certificate of completion for the Course Design Institute, the expectation is that you will have:

- Attended 80% of the scheduled class meetings (not including Office Hours)

- Submitted a complete draft of your Course Design Blueprint

- It is approved by the instructors of this class

- Earn at least a 70% average on all class assignments.


Eligibility: To be considered, participants have to first submit an application indicating that they can meet the expectations described above. Applications for the TLC Course Design Institute is now open. On a first-come, first-served basis, applications will be reviewed and approved on a rolling basis beginning early May 2021. 


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