Open-Theme Course Redesign Institute

Kennesaw State University’s curriculum is designed to help students succeed through exploration, collaboration, and rigor. Our curriculum provides the experiences through which students become the individuals that others want as colleagues and as leaders. The Open-Theme Course Redesign Institute is an opportunity for faculty to build new courses or to transform existing courses using evidence-based approaches supporting each element in the course design process. 

This institute is open to faculty who teach in all delivery modalities (online, blended, or traditional face-to-face). The institute is intentionally designed to be an inclusive and interdisciplinary environment. During the institute, participants are exposed to the theory and research of instructional strategies or pedagogies, followed by the time and space to put that theory into practice while developing new course plans and assignments.

Throughout the institute, participants are provided time to work on their course alone, get feedback from colleagues, and receive assistance and feedback from workshop facilitators. Each day, participants work on different elements of their course and share their outcomes in a personal learning journal. Artifacts developed during the institute may include a syllabus, a set of objectives, a course mapping document to show constructive alignment among course elements, and learner-centered activities, assessments, and/or rubrics.

Faculty accepted to this Institute will be paid a stipend of $1,500 upon completion of the requirements. 

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Course Resign Institute:


  • We would like to strengthen the community of practice among institute participants as teacher scholars who can expertly facilitate and assess learning experiences. 
    Institute participants will be able to: 

    • Apply the backward design process to their course(s)
    • Translate overarching goals into actionable outcome statements
    • Produce assessments that evaluate student learning and provide feedback for instructional practices
    • Create equitable activities that directly support intended learning outcomes and motivate students to develop skills over time
    • Align learning outcomes, assessments, and activities to support career-ready competencies
  • The next offering of this Institute will be May 13-16, 2024. The Institute will be 8:00am - 5:00pm each day.

  • Upon completion of the institute requirements, each accepted faculty member will receive $1,500 in summer pay for their participation in this Institute. Each faculty member is responsible for ensuring the assignment does not go over their summer workload limits. 

  • All full-time faculty, part-time faculty, and lecturers who are under contract to teach during the semester the course will be delivered are eligible to apply.

  • Follow the online application submission instructions below. Only completed online applications that include approval from the supervisor(s)/chair(s)/director(s) will be accepted. 

  • In order to receive the stipend, faculty who are accepted into this Institute must do the following: 

    • Participate in the Institute (4 days) in its entirety.
    • Produce a completed Personal Learning Journal addressing the components of a revised course plan for a course to be taught in Summer 2024, Fall 2024, or Spring 2025.
    • Produce guidelines for a reflection assignment in the course.
  • The application deadline for the 2024 institute is Monday, April 1, 2024 at 11:59pm. 

    The call for applications will remain open until this time unless the capacity for the institute is reached before then.

  • All applicants will be notified of the decision within approximately three weeks after the application deadline.

  • Up to 20 faculty members can be funded in this Institute.


Thank you for your interest, but applications are currently closed. If you have any questions, please email