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Design Forward (running June 2021) is a month-long emergent exploration about the intentional design of teaching and learning. The pilot program will center around what a new approach to instructional design, a “critical instructional design,” might look like, particularly when it focuses less on designing courses, objectives, assignments, and assessments, and instead on equipping faculty to develop into more confident, agile, and adaptive designers of teaching and learning. While traditional ID tends to favor prescriptive design approaches, expertise held within the role of “instructional designer,” and a tight focus on online learning, Design Forward will emphasize faculty ownership and autonomy to develop flexible and custom learning experiences, meaningful partnership and collaboration with instructional designers and other academic-adjacent staff, and a holistic consideration of learning across different modalities. It will also center the human care of students, faculty, and staff in teaching and learning. 

The Participants

The Schedule

Morning sessions will take place in the Design Forward Zoom room (link emailed to participants and available in Teams). Participants who are fully vaccinated may attend afternoon sessions in person in the CoLab (Lamson Library 002). For those who prefer, access to afternoon sessions will also be provided via Zoom. 

Monday, 6/7


  • 10-11:30: Our Schools and Our Students
  • 1-2:30: Traditional and Critical ID

Monday, 6/14


  • 10-11:30: No morning session (CPLC meets from 8:30-12)
  • 1-2:30: Goals, Objectives, and Spaces of Possibility

Monday, 6/21


  • 10-11:30: Technologies
  • 1-2:30: Modalities

Monday, 6/28


  • 10-11:30: The Documents of Teaching
  • 1-2:30: Teaching Statements to Mission Statements to Design Frameworks

The Workbook

Participants will receive a copy of the Design Forward Workbook, an exploratory notebook and journal. The workbook is under development, and participants will be encouraged to provide feedback to help shape the final version. In addition, participants will be invited to upload completed pages to the Design Forward Workbook Gallery. 

Eventually, we plan to release the workbook with a CC-By-NC license; until then, we’ve provided a few sample pages below. 

Sample Workbook Pages