Significant Learning by Design – II

Significant Learning by Design-II focuses on continued application of the model of course design developed by L. Dee Fink called “Integrated Course Design” that leads to greater student engagement and improved student learning.* The conceptual framework for this online workshop is based on the second part of Fink’s book, Creating Significant Learning Experiences (Jossey-Bass, Updated Edition, 2013), and includes how to continue the design process at the modular or weekly level and build learning units that align with and support the achievement of course goals, outcomes, assessments and activities.

  • Two weeks in length
  • Facilitated with personalized feedback at every step
  • Asynchronous format
  • Approximately 20-25 hours to complete
  • Small cohort size
  • Cost: $495/participant
  • Although SDL-II is available, SLD-I may be taken as a single, standalone workshop

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

Intended Audience

This course is intended for those how have already taken Significant Learning by Design-I and would like to continue to designing and integrating a course of their own. You are not required to work on the same course you worked on in SLD-I, although doing so will contribute to an optimal design experience in SLD-II.


In this two-week course you will not only read and view lessons from the author, but apply the principles and materials to a course of your own. This is a facilitated course, with multiple opportunities for interaction and individual feedback on your work from an experienced coach and your colleagues. The course is offered in an online asynchronous format, there are no required live, real-time web meetings. However, it is NOT self-paced. Active participation is required and specific due dates must be met. Participants can expect to spend a total of about 20-25 hours completing course activities.

Participant Outcomes

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

  • Design a culminating learning experience
  • Design and integrate specific learning units into your overall course
  • Identify a teaching strategy and put together “getting started” information and activities that will address your pedagogical challenge
  • Reflect on your own learning and developed a personal plan for continued learning
  • Receive feedback from a coach and colleagues on each step of the course design process


Instructors who have used the principles of Integrated Course Design provided in this workshop 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.