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2021 Virtual Summer Institute

The 2021 Olin College Summer Institute will take place in a virtual format. Dates will be announced soon. 

The Olin College Summer Institute 'Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences' event has provided participants from around the country and around the world with the opportunity to conceive and catalyze change in engineering education. 

Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences is a weeklong interactive workshop for faculty teams engaged in a curricular change effort at their own institution. Through participatory workshops, immersive design exercises, and presentations from experts, teams of faculty learn about, experience, and practice effective, engaging teaching approaches for new and meaningful STEM curricula. Through the Summer Institute experience, we aim to create a learning environment for participants that 

  • Embraces creativity, prototyping, iterating, and dreaming big,

  • Introduces a set of tools, concepts, and language about student-centered experience design,

  • Promotes exploration of participants' contexts in new ways and provides insight into what we do here at Olin, and

  • Builds community among educational change agents.

Together with others from comparable institutions, you and your team develop concrete action plans for curricular change. Sessions are highly participatory and challenge individuals and teams to continually consider new ideas and put novel approaches into practice. Institute attendees acquire a new lens through which to view their projects, an expanded repertoire of techniques and solutions, and concrete steps to take their plans forward.

Past attendees have ranged from provosts and deans to new faculty members and everyone between. All participants should be prepared to spend the full week deeply engaged in this demanding program. Applicants must apply in teams of at least three and describe a project (in the opportunity identification, planning, or execution stage) at their home institution. Teams are also required to do preliminary homework, such as interviewing students from their own institution; this work provides a background to the week's activities.

To be notified when dates for the 2021 Summer Institute are announced, fill out this form.