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Course Redesign Institute

Teaching and Learning Innovation will host a 3-week, virtual Course Redesign Institute during the 2021 May mini-term. We have designed this institute to bring together faculty across the university to share ideas from their own pedagogies with one another and to participate in a focused track to redesign one of their courses 

TLI staff will help facilitate conversations on topics of instructor presence, equity-based teaching, assessment, and other elements of highly successful courses for all institute participants. These engaged conversations will allow faculty to collaborate across institute tracks and connect with colleagues from different departments through extended small-group interaction. Faculty Leaders with extensive experience in each institute track will assist in facilitating track-specific meetings and provide guidance for faculty as they complete their redesign. Participants will have a small group within their track to allow for deeper connections with fellow faculty and the opportunity for each participant to receive extensive peer feedback on their course redesign. 

Institute Tracks

Please note: The Experience Learning Course Designation track is full for the 2021 Institute and no additional applications are being accepted.

Experiential learning is an approach to education that emphasizes engaged student learning through direct experience and intense reflection to increase knowledge, acquire lifelong learning and problem-solving skills, and elucidate values. Creating these experiences for our students provides opportunities for both deeper understanding of course content and acquiring essential transferable skills that better equip them for any future profession. UT’s Experience Learning initiative seeks to integrate experiential learning throughout the curriculum to provide these opportunities for students across the university. 

Participants in this track will develop a course that meets the requirements for an Experience Learning Course Designation: S (service-learning), R (undergraduate research), or N (internship). During the institute, participants will design their course using experiential learning best practices and integrating at least one of the Experience Learning initiative’s student learning outcomes.

Participants will work with selected Faculty Leaders and their small group to draft their course designation application. Faculty who have already piloted their experiential learning opportunity through a non-designated course are encouraged to apply, though this is not required.  

Required Deliverables for Completion:  

Participants in this track will submit a completed course designation application to the appropriate college for review and provide TLI with a copy of that application. 

Please note: The Inclusive Teaching track is full for the 2021 Institute and no additional applications are being accepted.

Inclusive teaching strives to accommodate and embrace students’ diverse learning styles, learning needs, and prior experiences. By establishing a welcoming learning environment and adopting a variety of teaching methods, it helps students connect to and engage more in the learning content and community. 

Participants in this track will work to advance inclusive teaching across UT’s campus. The purpose of this Institute track is to equip and support instructors to develop a course that is infused with inclusive teaching best practices so that it will enhance the learning for all students taking their course. Participants will work with selected Faculty Leaders, as well as together in a cohort group, where they will exchange ideas, share experiences, and support each other to develop their redesigned course.  

Required Deliverables for Completion:  

Participants in this track will submit three lesson plans infused by inclusive teaching practices.

Please note: The Positive Psychology track is full for the 2021 Institute and no additional applications are being accepted.

Positive psychology is concerned with flourishing (i.e., living according to what holds the greatest value in life) and other such factors that contribute the most to a well-lived and fulfilling life.  As it relates to education, positive psychology supports the idea of students having a productive, engaged, meaningful, and happy learning experience by building on and using their individual strengths to achieve successful and gratifying academic outcomes. Some concepts related to positive psychology that have been applied to the educational experience are GritGrowth-MindsetHope, and Flow.  

Participants in this track will develop a deeper understanding of what positive psychology is and its benefits in the college classroom. Working with TLI staff and Faculty Leaders, individuals in this track will discuss and reflect upon concepts and teaching strategies within positive psychology that they might employ in their classes.  Participants will then work together in groups to create positivepsychology-based assignments for their courses.  

Required Deliverables for Completion:  

Participants in this track will submit three lesson plans infused with relevant positive psychology teaching and assessment strategies.  

Meet Our 2021 Participants


Any full-time faculty member (non-tenure or tenure track) who is eligible to receive additional pay. Strong preference will be given to applicants who are assigned to teach the course proposed for redesign during the 2021-2022 academic year.


Faculty selected to participate in the institute must complete the TLI Certificate by May 8 at 11:59 PM, on the topic of their chosen track. Because of the short turn around between application decisions and the start of the institute, we recommend all applicants begin the certificate as soon as possible and not wait for a decision on their application.  


Participants who satisfactorily complete and submit on time the required deliverables will receive a $2,000 stipend as additional pay. 

To receive their stipend, participants must 

  • Attend institute-wide and track-specific meetings (Participants may miss 1 session for an unavoidable conflict) 
  • Complete the end-of-program assessment by June 6, 2021 at 11:59 PM 
  • Satisfactorily complete, and submit, the track-specific deliverable (listed in the track descriptions above) by June 6, 2021 at 11:59 PM 

Institute Schedule

The institute will begin on Tuesday May 11, 2021. Participants will meet virtually between 1:00PM – 4:00PM every Tuesday and Thursday from May 11 to May 27. These meetings will include a combination of institute-wide meetings and track-specific meetings. Participants will receive a detailed schedule including topics and Zoom links in mid-April.  

In addition to the institute meeting times, participants can expect to spend 3-4 hours per week working on their course redesign. 

How to Apply

Please note: all tracks are full for the 2021 Institute and no additional applications are being accepted.

Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Monday, March 29, 2021. Completed applications that include all requested information will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each of this year’s Institute tracks are limited to 12 participants.