Course Design/Redesign Institute

May 24-25, 2017
June 14-15, 2017

The Course Design/Re-design Institute will introduce the principles of course design to continuing status faculty members who are developing a new course or who would like to hone their course design skills and refresh a course they’ve already taught. Over two days, participants will learn how to design or re-design a course of their choosing in order to enhance students’ learning experiences. The institute is structured around five phases of course design (as laid out by Dee Fink in his 2013 book Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses): situational factors, learning goals, feedback and assessment, instruction and lesson planning, and careful alignment and integration of all of these elements. Guided by facilitators and collaborators, participants will work through the steps of the course design process and will leave the institute with a framework for a newly developed or redesigned course, including a general course outline, assessment scheme, and a sample lesson plan. This event will also include an optional specialized program stream for instructors designing online courses or course components.

Attendance for both full days is mandatory.

Only successful applicants will be contacted. Further details on the application/registration process are below. 

Please note: registration for the Course Design Institute will NOT be conducted on a first-come basis and those attending in course or department teams will be prioritized. When applying for the institute, you are asked to provide specific (and brief) information about your teaching experience and course development goals via the appropriate online application form.  As well, there will be some pre-course preparation work required of all successful applicants (one short article to be read and a short worksheet to be completed; both are distributed at minimum one week prior to the Institute).




Step 1: Application form submitted. Participants wanting to attend as a team should identify a Team Lead who will complete the Team Application Form on the team’s behalf. Only one application per team should be submitted.  Please note that once admitted to the institute, all individual participants and each member of a team must then submit an individual online registration form.

Notification of admission: TBD

Step 2: Successful applicants to be notified of admittance to institute. A link to a confirmation registration form & pre-course survey will be then emailed to individual applicants and Team Leads. All successful registrants will subsequently be sent important pre-course preparation tasks, a minimum of one week prior to the Institute.

Step 3: Confirmation registration forms submitted by individual applicants (including each member of a team).

Deadline for confirmation of registration: TBD

Confirmation forms not received by this date will result in removal from the institute.

READ about the online cohort from the 2015 Course Design Institute on the Online Learning Strategies blog.

READ about previous Course Design/Redesign Institutes: 2013, 2012, 2011, including testimonials from participants.