Innovation in a Time of Crisis


This article explores how one center for teaching and learning (CTL) rapidly designed and launched a Summer 2020 Course Design Institute in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the need to reach a significant num- ber of faculty in a short period of time proved challenging, it also created an opportunity for our CTL to engage with faculty who otherwise might not have worked with us—not only on issues of teaching with technology but also on engagement, inclusion, and other key issues. We relied on a rela- tionships-based cohort model to establish trust and faculty buy-in. Early results suggest that this approach may help spread innovative ideas about teaching and learning.