Course Redesign Institute

course design

A cohort of seventeen faculty colleagues, representing four colleges and the School of Law, dedicated an intense two-weeks to re-design their courses with a focus on learning-centered teaching and deep, long-lasting learning. The institute was led by Dr. Phyllis Blumberg, educational consultant and author of Making Learning-Centered Teaching Work, 2019, in partnership with VITAL colleagues. The institute consisted of both asynchronous and synchronous components, individual consultations, and constructive feedback on course materials. Faculty participants will receive a stipend and certificate to acknowledge and document their continued instructional professional development.

Our congratulations go to the following colleagues: Todd Aagaard, Law; Elizabeth Blunt, Nursing; Kaley Carpenter, Augustine and Culture Seminar; Program; Rodrick Cooke, Romance Languages and Literatures; Allison Covey, Ethics; Kelly-Ann Diamond, History; Travis Foster, English; Gregory Grimes, Theology and Religious Studies; Eric Karson, Marketing; Peleg Kremer, Geography and the Environment; Joseph Lennon, English; Rebecca Rivard, Biology; Kristyn Sessions, Ethics; Deeksha Seth, Mechanical Engineering; Kabindra Shakya, Geography and the Environment; Raisa Velthuis, Finance and Real Estate; and Rosalind Wynne, Electrical and Computer Engineering.  


  • Use backward course design principles to design courses
  • Articulate clear learning goals for the course
  • Match assessments to course learning goals
  • Plan learning activities that support deep student learning and success
  • Integrate elements of learning-centered teaching in the course
  • Participate in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary faculty community focused on reflection and constructive feedback


Monday, June 8 – Friday, June 19 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.  
Asynchronous, self-paced program with live sessions for collaboration, sharing of course revision, feedback, and peer review. Instructors will consult virtually with individual and/or teams of faculty. 

Professional Instructional Development Support:

Villanova faculty will receive $600 stipend; I.e., $300 upon CRI completion, $300 upon final syllabus review.  Also, faculty will be provided access to an electronic copy of Making Learning-Centered Teaching Work by Phyllis Blumberg and resources to successfully complete the redesign of their course.


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