Annual National Workshop 2016

Annual National Workshop 2016


May 25-27, 2016  [Weds.-Fri.]

Chicago, IL


"Designing Your Courses for More Significant Learning"

Dee Fink & Associates, in collaboration with Loyola University of Chicago, is offering the 9th Annual National Workshop on Integrated Course Design in Chicago, IL on May 25-27, 2016.  

We are again including the 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 especially 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.  

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 [Updated edition, 2013], 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.

Option:  "Leading Your Own Workshop" Again 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.
    • What makes a course design workshop "a good workshop"?
  • Identify the key components and activities.
  • Discuss the challenge of and identify strategies for "making this your own workshop".
  • Share our PowerPoint slides and other workshop materials with all participants.

When:  We will hold this workshop on Friday 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:

Wednesday, May 25  (8:30 am – 5:00 pm)

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

Thursday, May 26  (8:30 am – 5:00 pm)

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

Friday, May 27  (8:30 am – 12 noon)

  • Share and review individual course design

Friday, May 27 (1:30 pm - 4:30 pm)  [Optional}

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

Location and Hotel

This year we are trying a new venue.  Loyola University of Chicago [LUC] has arranged for us to use their Water Tower Campus for our Workshop; this is on the near north side of downtown Chicago.  Participants can get here from the O'Hare or Midway Airports (a) by taxi or (b) by using the "L".  The "L" has stops at both airports; in both cases, you will transfer once, in the downtown Loop, to get to the Water Tower Campus.  This is ON the "Magnificent Mile" of Michigan Avenue, which also means it is near the lake, numerous shops, museums, restaurants, theaters, etc. 

Participants can stay at any hotel they wish.  But the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, located one block north of the Water Tower Campushas set aside 35 rooms for workshop participants at a reduced rate of $245 (plus taxes) a night.   These rates are guaranteed until May 3rd.  Guests may also make reservations for rooms two nights before or after the Workshop at these same rates, provided rooms are available.

To reserve a room at the Sofitel, you can either:

  1. Do this online, at:  Be sure to select a room where it says "Fink & Associates" in the left part of the gray area.  This indicates you are getting the special room rate for this Workshop.
  2. Call:  1-877-813-7700.  When calling, be sure to mention the "Fink and Associates Room Block" to receive the special rates for this Workshop.

Hotel - Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

Hotel - Sofitel Chicago Water Tower


The registration fee for attending this workshop is:

  • On or Before May 7, 2016:  $650.00 per person.
  • After May 7, 2016:    $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 20% per person:   Discounted Cost =   $520 per person (On or Before May 7, 2016); $600 per person (After May 7th).

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

Workshop Registration

To register for this workshop, choose one of the following options: Credit Card (online), Phone, or Mail.  See information below for doing this.


Cancellations before April 15th are subject to a 10% cancellation fee; after April 15th, a 50% fee.


Online Payment System


Alternatively, you can call Dee Fink and Associates at 405-364-6464. Payment by phone can be made via Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

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.