When it comes to support around teaching, faculty are often isolated. They need a place where they can go for an open exchange of ideas about what they see happening in their classrooms, to talk freely about what is working and what is not and to gain insights and support from their peers. That is why, at the Center for Digital Learning and Innovation (CDLI), we offer the Course Design Program as a community of practice.
Faculty have not been shy about sharing how grateful they are for the space and the support. "This is the best professional development I've had in 35 years" reported one senior faculty member. At CDLI, we are always on the lookout for ways to bring faculty together. Our lab and offices are funny, playful spaces where the first thing that greets people is our Lego Calendar. It seems to have paid off because faculty drop in all the time to work because, "it just feels so good to be here."
In addition to the the Course Design & Course Design II programs; a Course Facilitation course; a calendar full of workshops and periodic Faculty Showcase presentations, we provide a few other ways to keep the Center for Digital Learning and Innovation (CDLI) open, inviting and useful to faculty.