Productive Open Design Spaces

We hope you’ll join us May 22-25 to explore complexity, diversity and change in 21st century teaching and learning at our annual Teaching, Learning and Innovation Summer Institute (TLISI). There are multiple ways to participate in this year’s institute; of particular note is the opportunity for deeper engagement as a participant in our design seminars, which we call Productive Open Design Spaces (PODS).

We are now accepting proposals for participation in this 4-day studio. Proposals are due March 31. Please reach out to us with any questions!

What is PODS?

PODS is a team-based opportunity for groups of faculty and staff to explore a curricular or pedagogical project in a flexible, design-centered studio environment. With the support of a facilitator and CNDLS coaches, participants are provided space and time to think through their project, design model solutions, and plan for continued development.

What is the time commitment as a participant in PODS?

PODS groups will be asked to meet three times throughout the week of TLISI (May 22-25). We’ll kick off PODS with a welcome session Monday morning from 10am to 11:30am. Facilitated working sessions will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday between 9:00 a.m. and noon, and Thursday will be a combination of work time and group presentations. Below you’ll find a rough schedule. We will be in touch with accepted PODS applicants prior to May 22 with more concrete information. 

Monday, May 22: Kick off—10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

Tuesday, May 23: Facilitated Working Session—9:00 a.m. to noon 

Wednesday, May 24: Facilitated Working Session—9:00 a.m. to noon

Thursday, May 25: Facilitated Working Session & Group Presentations—9 a.m. to noon

How can I participate in PODS?

If you are interested in participating in PODS, we ask that you submit a short proposal via an electronic form with details about your project scope and your team. This will help us match your team with a CNDLS coach, and get a sense for how we might facilitate each of our days together as a group. 

Our proposal form is now live and we will be accepting proposals through March 31.