Course Development Support and Professional Development Opportunities

TILT's instructional design team works with instructors on a variety of courses, including traditional courses in the classroom, distance courses delivered online, and blended courses (which take place both in the classroom and online). We support innovative course design and redesign through consultation with our instructional designers, online resources such as guides and tips, and grants and awards.

Course Design and Development Process

Take a look at this step-by-step process and find some pointers that might help your course design and development.

Provost's Course Redesign Competition

TILT administers a bi-annual course redesign competition. The goal of the competition is to enhance student learning and promote pedagogical innovation through the redesign of core, foundational, and gateway courses. Funding is also available for integrating service learning, undergraduate research, tutoring, and study groups into courses.

Best Practices

We've created a list of commonly agreed upon best practices for course design and development. These practices can be applied to both traditional and online courses, although some are particularly important to online course development.

TILT-DCE - Supporting Distance Learning

Working in partnership with the CSU OnlinePlus, the Institute provides support for the development of courses delivered at a distance.

Course Design Tips

The Resources section of our site offers several tips -- brief treatments of teaching and learning issues -- about designing and redesigning courses.

Instructional Technology

We've developed -- or are in the process of developing -- a range of enhancements to the University's instructional technology environment. Through Learning@CSU (, you can access tools that allow students to create electronic portfolios, Wikis, and blogs, as well as tools that extend the RamCT course management system. We've also developed tools that support the development of interactive guides for any course.

WAC/gtPathways Research Competition

The Writing Across the Curriculum/gtPathways Research Competition is designed to enhance student learning and critical thinking and to promote pedagogical innovation through the use of writing in gtPathways approved courses. Follow the link to learn more about applying for the competition.

The Provost's N. Preston Davis Award for Instructional Innovation

This award was instituted in 1992 upon the retirement of N. Preston Davis. Pres served the Colorado State University community creatively and loyally for over four decades. His many contributions were focused on instructional innovation.

Related Sites

ASCSU Student Course Survey

View the Web Site for the ASCSU Student Course Survey. Results and other resources are available.

RamCT & Student Course Survey

View directions for using the ASCSU Student Course Survey on RamCT.

More Information

If you have questions about our course design resources, or if you want to discuss course design or redesign with an instructional designer, please contact us at or (970) 491-3132.