Summer 2024 Inclusive Course Design Institute APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

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The Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to invite graduate students to apply to join the 2024 cohort for the Inclusive Course Design Institute taking place July 10th-31st. Over the course of four weeks, you will work synchronously (through four meetings online via Zoom) and asynchronously (by completing course material at your own pace in a Canvas) on a variety of activities to help you think through each major com

ponent of developing a course from the ground up. Using principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and best practices from other evidence-based course-design frameworks, you will learn inclusive strategies to maximize success for all students in your classroom. This course will center accessible approaches to course design to help you remove barriers to your students’ learning. Applications are due Sunday, June 23, 2024.   

Dates & Times 

Synchronous sessions will take place over Zoom from 2-4 pm CST on the following Wednesdays: 7/10, 7/17, 7/24 and 7/31. Participants should also expect to spend between two and four hours to complete asynchronous work before each session. This year’s institute will also provide participants with dedicated office hours each week to facilitate further engagement with fellow participants.  


As the enrollment is limited to 40 participants for this cohort, we will prioritize graduate students and post-docs who have at least one semester of prior teaching experience and have been assigned as an instructor of record or AI for the fall or spring semesters in the upcoming year (2024-25). You will be asked to provide a course description and course number (if available) as part of your application. Other interested students and post-docs will be placed on a waitlist.  

Benefits: $200 stipend + Digital Badge  

Students who complete all assignments and attend all four synchronous sessions will receive a $200 stipend, generously funded by the College of Liberal Arts Office of Research and Graduate Studies and the Graduate School. Participants will also receive a verified digital badge through UT’s Badge system containing metadata with detailed information about the achievement and earning criteria. These badges can be shared on LinkedIn and other digital platforms as evidence of training.  

Institute Objectives 

By the end of this two-week program, participants will be able to:  

  • Deconstruct assumptions about students in order to center empathy and accessibility in course design 

  • Align planned course objectives, assessments, and activities to support students in meeting their learning goals 

  • Integrate inclusive, accessible practices throughout each stage of course design 

  • Apply relevant best practices from evidence-based course design frameworks, including backwards design, Bloom’s and other taxonomies, and/or TILT (Transparency in Learning and Teaching) to create a student-centered syllabus for a uniquely designed course 

Additionally, participants will gain access to: 

  • Course design toolkit (including a list of resources on campus and at the CTL to support the course design and redesign processes) 

  • CTL services such as consultations with staff about course design, assessment design, teaching statements, and other academic job market materials; teaching observations; and mid-semester feedback evaluations 

CTL Facilitators 

Michelle Gaston, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Graduate Student Development 

Kaitlyn Farrell Rodriguez, Ph.D., Educational Consultant of Student Engagement  

Alexander J. Holt, M.A., Ph. D. Student, Graduate Teaching Consultant  

CLICK HERE to apply or visit 

Date and Time
June 23, 2024, All Day
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