Significant Learning by Design – II

Significant Learning by Design-I provides an important foundation for course design, but it is just the beginning! In this course, Significant Learning by Design-II, we continue the process by delving deeper into the key components of Integrated Course Design. In SLD-II we focus the design process at the modular or weekly level and build learning units that align with and support the achievement of your overall course goals and significant learning outcomes.

Need to transform your course to an online format while maintaining your significant learning goals? SLD-II is a great option for designing courses for online delivery!


  • Offered fully online through Canvas
  • Modified self-paced format with personalized feedback at four key steps
  • Lifetime access to a live Q&A webinar each semester
  • Offered during Spring, Summer & Fall semesters
  • Approximately 20-30 hours to complete
  • Cost: $425/participant

Note: Because this course builds on concepts previously learned and applied, you must have already completed the Significant Learning by Design-I Online Course or a comparable workshop.

Intended Audience

This course is intended for those who have already taken Significant Learning by Design-I and would like to finish building out their course design. We begin with the 3-column table you created in SLD-I, and work at the weekly or unit level to develop a plan that is integrated, builds towards a culminating activity, and addresses the unique situational factors of your course, including addressing and anticipating common issues related to technology, grading, inclusion, accessibility and student resistance.


In SLD-II, you will not only read and view lessons from the author, but apply the principles and materials to the creation of your own course. The course is based on approximately 20-25 hours of effort, but is offered in a modified self-paced format. You will work through the modules at your own pace, spending time on the most valuable aspects to you personally, and turn in assignments/deliverables at four key steps in the process.

The courses are offered three times a year with semester-based access (Spring/Jan-April, Summer/May-Aug, and Fall/Sept-Dec), providing flexibility of work time, but also suggested due dates and timelines to ensure successful completion.

For each of the four deliverables/assignments, you will receive detailed facilitator feedback addressing your personal concerns and situational factors. In addition, participants have lifetime access to live Q&A webinars offered each semester, typically with Dee Fink!

Note: SLD-II can still be offered as a two-week, fully facilitated online course for institutional groups.

Participant Outcomes

In this course, you will create a set of course design documents in which you:

  • Design learning outcomes, assessments, and activities at the weekly/unit level
  • Develop methods, with guidance and tips, appropriate to your course delivery format (online, hybrid, face-to-face)
  • Put together a “grand opening” to address your pedagogical challenge from the first day of class
  • Design a culminating learning experience
  • Proactively consider design issues related to teaching techniques, grading, inclusion, accessibility, and student motivation
  • Receive detailed feedback from a facilitator at four key steps
  • Feel confident that you have developed a solid course structure that will promote significant student learning!


The conceptual framework for this online course is based on the second part of Fink’s book, Creating Significant Learning Experiences. Instructors who have used the principles of Integrated Course Design in the design of their own courses report greater student engagement, more long-term significant learning, and increased instructor satisfaction in teaching.*

Dr. L. Dee Fink was previously teaching faculty and the founding director of the Instructional Development Program at the University of Oklahoma. Dee currently leads numerous workshops at conferences and on  campuses and serves as a consultant to faculty and institutions in higher education in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. To learn more about Dee and his work, visit:

*For a comprehensive overview of the benefits of Integrated Course Design across multiple disciplines, see New Directions in Teaching and Learning, Vol 2009, Issue 119. Designing courses for significant learning: Voices of experience. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.