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Liberal Arts
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Course date
July 12–16, 2021
Application deadline
Application for this course is closed
ECTS Credits
Educational technology
Instructional design
Liberal Arts Pedagogy
Online Pedagogy
Participatory Pedagogy
SUN Packages
Tuition Waiver

This course offers participants the opportunity to learn about and experience an instructional design approach specific to the kinds of pedagogies that are a hallmark of Liberal Arts and Sciences education. Participants will engage in course and skills-building activities designed specifically with engaged and writing-rich pedagogies in mind. The course also aims to bring together colleagues from across the OSUN network institutions in an effort to foster collaboration across campuses and begin conversations that might continue through joint course offerings and faculty-led initiatives.

The course will focus primarily on courses in humanities and social sciences, providing the instruments for transferring these courses into a blended / hybrid / online learning environment. The instructors will provide presentations on the strategies to arrange network cross-campus courses, including the use of video-conferences, online platforms and other tools for synchronous and asynchronous modes of teaching and learning while working simultaneously across several campuses.

The assignments proposed during the course will be focused on various aspects of blended / hybrid / online modes of teaching and learning, such as networking across campuses, online course administration, online techniques for reading and writing assignments, soft skills and emotional intelligence in the online environment, psycho-social support in online learning, synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning, online mentoring (see the detailed description in the “Key Topics” section). The course will explore the ways to build academic cross-campus partnerships as well as the practices to engage the communities around the academic core in order to promote the accessibility of knowledge and foster social inclusion among students.

The course will include the resources of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Central European University utilizing their extensive expertise in online perspectives of teaching and learning and in emerging technologies of engaging learning experiences in higher education. The Center’s faculty will bring in the methodology from their many workshops on instructional design and will collaborate on creating new frameworks for OSUN connected learning communities of practice.

Online course format

Time zones: 8 а.m. EST / 2 p.m. CEST
The expected time commitment per day: 3 hrs

The current plan of the sessions:
July 12, 2021 (Mon):
Networking across campuses in designing and delivering joint courses 
Instructors: Mariia Laktionkina, Michelle Murray
July 13, 2021 (Tue): Online course administration 
Instructor: Kseniya Shtalenkova 
July 14, 2021 (Wed):
Writing To Read and Writing to Learn Online
Instructor: Erica Kaufman
July 15, 2021 (Thu):
Creating a learning and collaborative environment developing soft skills and emotional intelligence; Psycho-social support dimensions in online learning
Instructors: Natalia Mikhailova, Kerry Bystrom
July 16, 2021 (Fri):
Online mentoring and supervisory practices 
Instructors: Helga Dorner, Michael Kozakowski
Our course will combine asynchronous elements and synchronous sessions. We will be using Zoom for synchronous sessions and Padlet for all course-related activities.

Target Group

The primary target group includes any interested faculty members that need training in the course topics such as instructors at OSUN institutions; instructors from other educational institutions; teachers; administrative staff; OSUN undergrads.

We will also invite external experts in these fields to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and to produce take-aways for the workshop participants.


Course participants are expected to have basic knowledge in course design and preparation. Faculty should be prepared to fully participate - it will be experiential.

Language requirements

The language of instruction is English; thus all applicants have to demonstrate a strong command of spoken and written English to be able to participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops. Some of the shortlisted applicants may be contacted for a telephone interview.

Please read the following directions carefully. 
Below is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission:

  1. Completed online SUN Application Form (see notes below)
  2. Full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any
    Please upload your Curriculum Vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any.
  3. Statement of purpose (max. 1 page) 

    In the Statement of Purpose, please describe how the course is relevant to your teaching, research or professional work, and in what way you expect to benefit from it. Please list relevant courses in the field you have taken previously during your studies.
    Please provide a name, contact email and phone number of a person (a faculty member, job supervisor, etc.) who can be contacted by the course directors to attest to your abilities, qualifications, and academic/professional performance. 

  4. Proof of English proficiency (500-700 words) 
    As proof of your English language proficiency, please upload a copy of any of the following: graduate or post-graduate degree earned in a program whose official language is English; recent English language proficiency certificate (e.g. TOEFL). 

Optional attachments: 

You can upload further optional documents on the Qualifications page such as academic documents that you think may be relevant to support your application in the ‘Other Supporting Documents’ section. All documents should be merged into a single PDF file not exceeding the size 2 MB. No passwords and encryption are allowed.

Completed CEU Summer University Application Form

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  • You may apply to a maximum of two summer courses. In case of being admitted, you can only attend both if the two courses do not overlap in time. Financial aid, if available, is only granted to attend one course.
  • If you applied to CEU before, please use your existing login and password to start a new application. If you do not remember your password from last year click on Forgotten Password. With technical problems, bugs, or errors related to the online application forms please contact the CEU IT Help Desk.
  • Right after login, please select ”Summer University” radiobutton from the "Type of course" list, and leave all other fields empty.
  • All application materials must be submitted with the online application form(s). Materials sent by postal mail, electronic mail, or fax are not considered.
  • The maximum allowable file size for upload is 2MB per file and the acceptable file formats are PDF, JPG, and JPEG. Ensure all security features (e.g. passwords and encryption) are removed from the documents before uploading them.
  • Applications cannot be edited after submission. Please submit your application only when it is 100% final and complete.
  • Further user instructions for the online application are included in the form itself. Should you have questions regarding the application form, check the relevant Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


If you need help or more information during the application process, please feel free to contact the SUN staff via email.


The SUN Office will notify applicants about the selection results in April. Please check the 'Dates and deadlines' section on the relevant course websites for notification deadlines planned earlier or later. The final decision is not open to appeal.