The 2022 Olin College Summer Institute will take place in June. If you wish to be notified when registration opens for Summer Institute 2022, please share your contact info with us.

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. 

Participates interact during the 2019 Olin College Summer Institute

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, staff and students learn about, experience, and practice effective, engaging teaching approaches for new and meaningful 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. Each team will receive dedicated, intensive, and customized coaching throughout the week, including specially curated resources relevant to each team’s curricular change effort. 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 steps to take their plans forward.

Past attendees have ranged from provosts and deans to new faculty members, administrative staff, students, and everyone between. 



Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences is a week-long program comprised of virtual workshops and team coaching.  The fee for the program is $10,000 for a team of up to six faculty members (minimum is three).  In addition, up to four students may join your team for free.  All sessions will take place virtually on Zoom. 

To maximize educational benefit from this program, participants should plan for the Institute to be their sole activity for the week. Some preparation in advance of the program will also be required.


Application and Admission

Attendance is limited and an application is required.  Applicants must apply in teams of at least three members (four is preferred) and describe a project (in the opportunity identification, planning, or execution stage) at their home institution. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until May 1, 2021.

Once acceptance into the course is confirmed, payment is due in full, and is non-refundable. The program fee includes all materials and sessions for the registered program.

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If you wish to be notified when registration opens for Summer Institute 2022, please share your contact info with us .

Summer Institute

Day by Day Overview

Summer Institute Highlights

See how participants experienced the on-campus program, which consists of participatory workshops, immersive design exercises, and presentations from faculty.

“Experience was even better than my high expectations.”

- Summer Institute participant feedback