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This website is for people interested in learning more about how to design courses for greater student engagement and better student learning.

We have designed the website to meet multiple purposes:

  1. Basic Learning: Provide links and resources for learning the basics of good course design.
  2. Advanced Learning: Provide additional handouts and suggestions – from multiple sources, for refining our ability to design powerful courses.
  3. Archive Examples: Collect examples of well-designed courses, so that people can see what good designs look like – and borrow good ideas.
  4. Multiple Communication Options: Enable you to communicate with large groups and sub-groups with your questions, discoveries, and suggestions related to course design.
  5. General Information and News: Post information and news from time to time, to inform visitors about events, new publications, etc.
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7th Annual National Workshop on “Designing Courses for Significant Learning”

On May 20-22, 2014, Dee Fink & Associates will again offer their National Workshop on “Designing Courses for Significant Learning” in Chicago, IL.

New Feature:  This year there will be an optional, half-day workshop at the end of the regular workshop, on “Leading Your Own Workshop on Integrated Course Design”.

For more information about the workshop, go to:  www.deefinkandassociates.com/index.php/workshops/chicago-2014/

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A New School Organized for Significant Learning

Ajyal International School, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

This is a new, international school that will open this fall in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates.  Michael Gholam has been a major leader in this project.  Given his familiarity with the ideas of designing instruction for significant learning, the whole school has been organized to support and promote the full range of significant learning.

To see more about the school, go to:  www.ajyal.sch.ae 

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Updated Edition of “Creating Significant Learning Experiences” Published in August 2013

Creating Significant Learning Experience Book

Jossey-Bass published an Updated Edition of Fink’s book this past August.  The structure and central ideas of the original book remain the same, but many of the examples and references have been updated.  This allows readers to see the current connection between Integrated Course Design and the new ideas continually being produced in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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Two New Course Examples Added to Examples Page

We are proud to bring you two new course examples. One course is by Freed, and is on the subject of Music/Regional Studies, and the other course is by Apul, and is on the subject of Engineering.

Be sure to check them out on the Examples page!

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Using Integrated Course Design to Prank your Boss

Watch this video to learn how to use Integrated Course Design to prank your boss. This video was presented at the recent POD conference. Enjoy!

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Japanese Translation of Creating Significant Learning Experiences Available!

Japanese - Creating Significant Learning Experiences Book CoverDee Fink’s book: Creating Significant Learning Experiences is now being printed in Japanese! When a link is available for a location to purchase the book online, it will be announced here.

You can click the picture of the cover to view a larger version that includes the copyright page.

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Dee Fink Interviewed by International HETL Association

HETL LogoOn September 9, 2011, Dee Fink was interviewed by the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association. The text of the interview can be viewed here: http://hetl.org/2011/10/03/significant-learning-experiences/.

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New Course Designs Added to Examples Page

Recently, a number of different instructors were kind enough to prepare examples of their course designs based on the learning philosophies of this site. We have a new example of an Information Technology course, an education course, an elementary education course, and a theatre course.

You can view the new course designs on the Examples Page.

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L’Orient-Le Jour Interview with Dee Fink

L'Orient-Le Jour LogoRecently, Dee Fink traveled to Beirut, Lebanon to give a workshop. While he was there, he was interviewed by the French language newspaper L’Orient-Le Jour about his learning and teaching philosophies. Below are links to French and English (Translated by Google) versions of the interview.

French Language Version

English Language Version (Auto-Translated by Google)

Spanish Language Version (Auto-Translated French to English by Google)

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Dee Fink to Invited to Speak at Kirkwood Community College

Dee Fink has been invited to lead two sessions at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at their Fall Professional Day, August 16, 2011. He will lead a workshop on “Integrated Course Design” and make a presentation on “The Joy & Responsibility of Teaching Well.”

Here is a short (3.5 min.) video that they asked him to make, about his upcoming visit there.

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MORE INFO

For information about HOW this site is organized and how to find what you want, go to the “About This Site” tab at the top.

We hope you will visit the website often, communicate with others often, and contribute often!

Related Website: “Dee Fink & Associates” have a website with information about workshops and online courses that they provide for faculty on how to design significant learning experiences: www.deefinkandassociates.com