Significant Learning by Design – II

Significant Learning by Design-I provides an important foundation for course design, but it is just the beginning! In Significant Learning by Design-II, you will continue the design process by delving deeper into the key components of Integrated Course Design.

SLD-II shifts the focus to the modular/weekly level and assists you in building learning units that align with and support the achievement of your overall course significant learning goals.

Need to transform your course to an online, hybrid, or uncertain format while maintaining your significant learning goals? SLD-II is a great option for designing courses for any type of delivery.


  • Offered fully online through Canvas
  • Self-paced format – complete the lessons and application activities at your own pace
  • Invitations to live author webinars
  • Unlimited access for the lifetime of this course, including future updates
  • Approximately 15-20 hours to complete
  • Cost:
    • $99/participant for self-paced course
    • $199 includes certificate of completion with 30-min facilitator feedback session.

Note: SLD-II can still be offered as a facilitated three-week online course for institutional groups. Contact us to discuss these options!

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, structure, and scaffold your culminating learning experience
  • Proactively consider design issues related to teaching techniques, grading, inclusion, accessibility, and student motivation
  • Feel confident that you have developed a solid course structure that will promote significant student learning!

Intended Audience

Have you created a backward design course alignment map? Are you ready to put it into action? 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.

You begin by revisiting your 3-column table 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. Through application activities, you will develop plans for common issues related to inclusion and belonging, technology, grading, accessibility, and student resistance.

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 to enroll.


In SLD-II, you will not only read and view lessons from the author, but apply the principles and materials to your own course. The course is based on approximately 15-20 hours of effort, offered in a completely self-paced format. You will work through the modules and explore supplemental resources of value to you personally, including completing application activities at four key steps in the process.

Your registration includes unlimited access for the lifetime of this course, including future updates and additional resources. (At minimum, you will have guaranteed access at least one year from your registration date).

Participants are invited to live webinars offered each year with Intentional College Teaching authors, including Dee Fink!

Interested in a Certificate of Completion?

If you choose the certification option, you will complete each of the four application activities for submission. This option includes a 30-min live phone/web call to debrief your final course plans with a facilitator, addressing your personal concerns and situational factors.

Upon successful completion of the four Application Activities and a facilitator feedback session, a PDF Certificate of Completion will be sent to you!


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.