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Kaneb Center Course Design Academy Nomination Deadline

Monday, August 1st; 11:59pm
Kaneb Center for Teaching Excellence


The KCCDA will form a cohort of learning leaders nominated by their colleges. They will enhance their pedagogical leadership through participation in a program of expert speakers, several half-day long working sessions, observations and consultations, and leadership opportunities. Topics will include evidence-based course design practices including backward design, transparent assignment design, inclusive teaching strategies, applying the neuroscience of learning, and more. Participants will receive a $5000 contribution to their discretionary account or additional pay with approval of department and college.



Upon successful completion of the Kaneb Center Course Design Academy (KCCDA), you will:

  • Complete a significant course design/redesign project using the backward design process
  • Be prepared to apply and share inclusive pedagogical strategies
  • Extend the reach of your pedagogical leadership in and beyond your department
  • Form a community of other pedagogical leaders across the University 



KCCDA participants are expected to:

  • Attend monthly working sessions with KCCDA colleagues and Kaneb Center staff
  • Contribute a short written post on an element of their teaching for the Notre Dame Learning website
  • Participate in peer teaching observation with a KCCDA colleague
  • Meet for 2 individual consultations with Kaneb Center staff
  • Write a reflection and leadership plan at the conclusion of the Academy


Preliminary Schedule:

The KCCDA will meet for working sessions from 9am-12pm on the 2nd Friday morning of each month, from September 2022-May 2023. A full schedule of topics will be built in collaboration with participants, and may include:

  • Backward Design & Learning Goals
  • Transparent Assignment Design
  • Inclusive Teaching
  • Pedagogical Leadership Planning
  • Active & Student-Centered Classroom Strategies