Annual National Workshop 2015

Annual National Workshop 2015


May 19-21, 2015  [Tues.-Thurs.]

Chicago, IL

"Designing Your Courses for Greater Student Engagement and Better Student Learning"

Dee Fink & Associates is offering our 7th Annual National Workshop on Integrated Course Design in Chicago, IL on May 19-21, 2015.  

NOTE:  This year, to simplify planning, we are limiting enrollment in the National Workshop to 42 people.

We are also adding a new option this year: a half-day workshop at the end of the main workshop, on "Leading Your Own Workshop on Integrated Course Design."

We have been offering successful campus versions of this workshop for several years. But the Annual National Workshop is even more powerful for two reasons:

  • More Time: We have 2 ½ days.
  • More Feedback: Each participant receives individualized feedback from Feedback Facilitator in each step of the design process.  Participants will be in groups of six, and each group will have its own Feedback Facilitator.

This workshop will give college teachers from any campus the opportunity to learn about these ideas, apply them to one of their own courses, and receive feedback on their new course design. This is a "Doing" workshop, NOT a "talking heads" seminar. Participants will spend over 50% of the workshop time "doing" course design: re-designing their courses, sharing their design with others, and getting feedback on their design.


Purpose and Value of this Workshop

In 2003, Fink published a book, Creating Significant Learning Experiences, which laid out a novel way of designing courses so that students have powerful, significant learning experiences. People who have attended previous workshops have made comments such as the following:

"Really, this is probably the best, most cohesive, well-organized and well-paced workshop I have ever attended!"

“Reading the book was valuable, but talking about the concepts made it actionable." "Loved the way you modeled the process. SO helpful!"

“I am writing to thank you profoundly for the wonderful workshop on 'Designing Courses for Significant Learning.' The balance between theory and practice was just right and I got numerous new and helpful ideas for course design."

"Thank you so much for sharing your approach to teaching for significant learning. I couldn't stop talking about it to my colleagues!"

Here is what people report about using the ideas of "significant learning" and "integrated course design":

"I have always intuitively wanted my students to experience the types of significant learning identified by Fink...but I lacked the design structure [until I read Dee's book]."

[A group of teachers working together] "All of us wanted to make changes to our courses, but we never had a structure to help us accomplish these goals before."

"When I tried these ideas, the energy in the classroom increased fact the new energy was palpable!"

People attending this workshop will learn how to use these ideas to design or redesign their courses so that their students have learning experiences that take into account five phases of course design: situational factors, learning goals, feedback and assessment, teaching/learning activities, and careful integration. Workshop leaders will guide participants through all the key steps of this process. Working with a specific course, participants will frame learning goals, incorporate evaluation and assessment, and formulate powerful, active teaching strategies.

New Option:  "Leading Your Own Workshop" This year, at the end of the main 2.5 day workshop, we will offer a half-day workshop for people who want additional help on preparing and leading a workshop on Integrated Course Design for other people. In this workshop, we will:

  • Share and discuss our workshop outline.
  • Identify the key components and activities.
  • Let people practice leading segments of the workshop - with feedback from workshop leaders and other participants.
  • Share our PowerPoint slides with all participants.

When:  We will hold this workshop on Thursday afternoon, 1:30 - 4:30 pm, after the conclusion of the main workshop.

Cost:  The registration for this workshop is $150.00 per person.


In addition to applying each of the key steps of Integrated Course Design to their own courses, participants will receive individualized feedback on their design. The general agenda for the workshop will be: Tuesday, May 19  (8:30 am – 5:00 pm)

  • Introduction to general ideas of Integrated Course Design
  • Begin working through initial steps

Wednesday, May 20  (8:30 am – 5:00 pm)

  • Work through remaining steps
  • Design a common course in small groups
  • Finish individual course designs

Thursday, May 21  (8:30 am – 12 noon)

  • Share and review individual course design

Thursday, May 21 (1:30 pm - 4:30 pm)  [Optional}

  • Workshop on "Leading Your Own Workshop on Integrated Course Design"

Location and Hotel

The workshop will take place at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. The Hyatt O'Hare is conveniently located near O'Hare and offers free shuttle service to & from the airport.  It is also easily accessible to downtown Chicago via the "L". 

They are making rooms available for this workshop for $149 (plus taxes) a night (for Hyatt's link to online registration specifically for this Workshop, see below).


The registration fee for attending this workshop is:

  • On or Before April 30, 2015:  $650.00 per person.
  • After April 30, 2015:    $750.00 per person.
  • For the Optional Workshop on "Leading Your Own Workshop":  $150.00 per person

This includes: workshop tuition, handouts, and a copy of Creating Significant Learning Experiences.

Quantity Discount: Any institution sending four or more participants to the Chicago workshop will receive a major discount of almost 20% per person:   Cost = $525 per person

Graduate Student Discount: We are also giving a significant discount to graduate students who attend.  Cost = $425 per person.


To register for this workshop, choose one of the following options: PayPal (online), Phone, or Mail


* Faculty/Staff * Individual and Small Group Registration

(3 or less attendees) ($650 / Person)

Number of Participant(s)

* Graduate Students *
Individual and Small Group Registration

(3 or less attendees) ($425 / Person)

Number of Participant(s)

* Faculty/Staff * Large Group Registration

(4 or more attendees) ($525 / Person)

* Graduate Students *
Large Group Registration

(4 or more attendees) ($425 / Person)

Half Day Workshop Add-On

(Any # of attendees) ($150 / Person)



Have this form ready and call Dee Fink and Associates at 405-364-6464. Payment by phone can be made via Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.

Fill out this form and send it with payment for the appropriate amount, made payable to "Dee Fink & Associates" to:

Dee Fink & Associates
Course Design Workshop
234 Foreman Avenue
Norman, OK 73069

Payment by mail can be made by Check or Purchase Order.

Our contact information:


Phone: 405-364-6464

Dee Fink & Associates
Course Design Workshop
234 Foreman Avenue
Norman, OK 73069

Your registration will be complete when we have received both your application and payment. Notification of acceptance will be mailed no later than one week after it is received. Cancellations are subject to a 10% fee.


Participants are responsible for making their own lodging reservations. To reserve a room at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, this can be done either online at:

or by calling: 1-800-233-1234. When calling central reservations, ask for the Hyatt Regency O'Hare and be sure to mention the Fink & Associates Workshop to receive the special lodging rates for this workshop.

Room rates for this workshop:

$149 per night (plus taxes) - single or double occupancy if reserved BEFORE April 30, 2014.

After this date, rooms at this rate will be based on availability.