Significant Learning by Design-I focuses on a model of course design developed by L. Dee Fink called “integrated Course Design” that leads to greater student engagement and improved student learning.

The conceptual framework for this online workshop is based on the first part of Fink’s book, Creating Significant Learning Experiences (Jossey-Bass, Updated Edition, 2013), including how to begin the design process and integrate design elements at the course level.

  • Cost:  $395/participant
  • No pre-requisites
  • Two weeks in length
  • Facilitated
  • Asynchronous
  • Approximately 20-25 hr time commitment
  • Sessions limited to 15 participants

Upcoming Sessions

Summer 2019
July 24 – August 8

Fall 2019
September 11 – September 26
October 16 – October 31
November 6 – November 21

(To register, select date of your choice)
Note:  Although there is a Part II  available, SLD-I may be taken as a single, standalone workshop. Additional dedicated sessions for groups of 10 or more are available upon request.

To schedule, contact Linda Jacoby at

Intended Audience
This workshop is intended for anyone who wants to learn how to design courses that go beyond lecture, memorization, “teaching to the test” and other forms of “information in and information out” regardless of whether delivered face-to-face, blended/hybrid or totally online.

Workshop Format
In this two-week workshop you will not only read and view lessons, but apply the principles and materials to a course of your own. It is facilitated workshop (not self-paced), that does not require attendance at any live, real-time web meetings. However, active participation is required and specific due dates must be met. Participants can expect to spend a total of about 20-25 hours completing workshop activities. The workshop includes multiple opportunities for interaction and individual feedback on your work from an experienced coach and your colleagues.

Workshop Product
Because the workshop is only two weeks in length, you won’t design or redesign an entire course in detail, but will leave the workshop with a set of course design documents in which you have:

  • Identified situational factors and a pedagogical challenge that will impact the design of your course
  • Articulated your overall vision and goals for the significant learning you want students to achieve
  • Identified course-level learning outcomes, activities and assessments that will enable students to achieve your course goals
  • Reflected on your own learning and developed a personal plan for continued learning
  • Received feedback from a coach and colleagues

Instructors who have used the principles of Integrated Course Design provided in this workshop in the design of their own courses report greater student engagement, more long-term significant learning, and increased instructor satisfaction in teaching.

About the Author
The author of the book upon which this workshop is based and author of the content of this workshop is Dr. L. Dee Fink. Previously teaching faculty and the founding director of the Instructional Development Program at the University of Oklahoma, Dee currently leads numerous workshops at conferences and on  campuses and serves as a consultant to faculty and institutions in higher education in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.  (

To learn more about Dee and his work, see