Culturally Responsive Course Design Certification



Next Cohort September 29th, 2023!

Empower yourself with the knowledge, strategies, and insights needed to create truly inclusive learning experiences that embrace and apply cultural responsiveness to design practices. Together, let’s lead the way in designing a future where every learner and designer feels valued, represented, and empowered. Take action today and be the catalyst for positive change!


Instructional Designer

As an educator, I have always strived to create inclusive and culturally responsive courses. The culturally responsive course designer certification helped me take my efforts to the next level. The program offered a wealth of resources and strategies to create courses that honor and celebrate students' diverse backgrounds. Through interactive discussions and practical tips, I learned how to incorporate culturally relevant content, adapt teaching methods, and create a welcoming classroom environment.

A word from the Facilitator

Courtney Plotts, Ph.D.
Founder of Neuroculture

Joining this certification will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the role of acculturative stress and combat marginalization in learning environments. By becoming a certified culturally responsive designer, you’ll be at the forefront of driving positive change through design.


In this program, participants have the option to complete only the first part of the course without pursuing the full LODEI certification. However, they will obtain the culturally responsive course design certification.

By completing the first part of the course, participants gain a solid foundation in culturally responsive teaching and design principles.  These insights can greatly enhance their teaching practices and contribute to more equitable and engaging classrooms.

While not pursuing the full LODEI certification, participants who complete the first part of the course can still apply the concepts and strategies learned to their teaching contexts. They will be equipped with the necessary tools to better understand and support the diverse needs of faculty and students, fostering an inclusive and supportive learning environment.

Jason Z.

The course content was relevant, well-researched, and practical, providing me with a solid foundation in culturally responsive instructional design principles. The facilitators were experienced professionals who fostered a supportive learning community. This certification has not only enhanced my professional skills but also instilled a sense of responsibility to promote equity and inclusion in all my future projects.


Instructional Designer

The instructors were exceptional, offering personalized guidance and feedback throughout the certification process. I feel more confident and equipped to design courses that truly engage and empower my students. This certification is a must for educators who are committed to fostering cultural responsiveness in their teaching practices.

Event Schedule

September 29th, 2023


Module 1: Introduction to Culturally Responsive Course Design.

12:30 PM EST

Session 1

Objective 1: Understand the concept and principles of culturally responsive course design.

Objective 2: Recognize the impact of culturally responsive practices on student engagement and achievement.

Objective 3: Identify the benefits of creating inclusive and equitable learning environments.

October 6th, 2023


Module 2: Eurocentrism and Instructional Design Practices

12:30 PM EST

Session 2


Objective 1: Reflect on personal cultural biases and assumptions within design theory that may influence instructional design practices.

Objective 2: Develop cultural self-awareness and understanding of diverse student experiences.

Objective 3: Explore strategies to enhance cultural responsiveness in course design and delivery.

October 13th, 2023


Module 3: Designing Tiers: Whole Group, Small Group, Individual

12:30 PM EST

Session 3


Objective 1: Incorporate diverse cultural perspectives and experiences into course content and learning materials.

Objective 2: Explore ways to integrate culturally relevant resources into instructional design.

Objective 3: Design for divergent thinking by incorporating diverse viewpoints and challenging stereotypes.

October 20th, 2023


Module 4: Student Engagement Mapping

12:30 PM EST 

Session 4:  

Objective 1: Recognize the importance of neurodivergences and their relationship with culturally responsive design practices. 

Objective 2: Develop strategies to layered learning.

Objective 3: Design for divergent thinking by incorporating diverse viewpoints and challenging stereotypes.

October 27th, 2023


Module 5: Interdependent Assessment

12:30 PM EST 

Session 5 

Objective 1: Design assessments that align with culturally responsive practices and respect diverse ways of demonstrating knowledge.

Objective 2: Explore alternative assessment methods that provide students with opportunities to showcase their cultural strengths.

Objective 3: Use diverse design strategies for instructional design decisions and address any potential bias or inequities.

November 3rd, 2023


Module 6: Collaboration and Community Engagement

12:30 PM EST

Session 6 

Objective 1: Foster collaborative learning environments that promote positive interactions among students from diverse backgrounds.

Objective 2: Design activities and projects that encourage meaningful collaboration and cultural exchange.

Objective 3: Develop strategies to promote inclusive participation and active engagement in group settings.

November 10th, 2023


Module 7: Think T.A.N.K.

12:30 PM EST

Session 7 

Objective 1: Develop a plan for sustaining culturally responsive course design beyond the course.

Objective 2: Explore ongoing professional development opportunities to further enhance cultural responsiveness.

Objective 3: Reflect on personal growth as a culturally responsive designer and identify areas for continued improvement.


November 17th, 2023


Make Up Session if Need 


12:30 PM EST

Session 8 




Legnth of Program

 Sept 29th-November 10th, 2023


Kim H.

Sr. Instructional Designer Tufts University

I've gleaned many riches from the engaging LODEI program with Dr. Courtney Plotts. Courtney Plotts inspires through her dynamic style with practical solutions for managing multicultural teaching, learning, and social experiences. I look forward to implementing these strategies in online course design with the help of her Neuroculture app that I can hold in the palm of my hand.



Early Bird Special:



3 payments of $191

Price is per-person.

Must be paid in full by September 29th, 2023.

Marta Pulley

Instructional Technology Specialist, Rutgers University

"I’ve been attending the LODEI Online DEI Officer Certification course taught by Dr. Courtney Plotts for the last 7 months. The course is so relevant to my work as an Instructional Designer, to me personally, and honestly to anyone. Dr. Plotts facilitates the course in a way that feels reassuring, hopeful for humanity, and almost as a soothing counseling session. She is so good at what she does! Her passion about the topic shines through in all the ways she interacts with her learners. She practices what she teaches, and you can see it and learn it…truly. Courtney, you’re the best! Thank you!"

When instructional design and cultural responsiveness are combined, educators can create transformative learning experiences that reach and engage all learners, regardless of their backgrounds. By incorporating culturally relevant examples, diverse perspectives, and inclusive pedagogical strategies, instructional designers can create an environment where learners feel valued, understood, and supported. This approach not only enhances learning outcomes but also contributes to the development of empathetic, globally aware individuals who can thrive in diverse and interconnected societies.