The following resources and strategies support instructors as they prepare courses for the in-person or online environment. If you would like to meet with a CTSI staff member to discuss course design, please submit a consultation request.
If you are planning an online course, the Course Design for Online module provides resources and testimonials to support your process.
Information on Curriculum Development can be found on the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education website.
Developing or Redesigning a Course
Before you get started designing a new course or revising an existing one, consider the following:
- Course Design for Online: self-paced, asynchronous and presented over six modules, the CDO introduces the principles of integrated course design and effective online pedagogy
- Academic Integrity and the Role of the Instructor
- Universal Design for Learning
- Working with Your TAs
- Review CTSI’s Planning and Delivering Your Course resources
Developing a Course Syllabus
Developing a Course Syllabus provides guidance on your syllabi, including divisional guidelines and policies, copyright information, and how to use your syllabus as a learning tool.
Course readings and reserves support through UTL (course reading list review, purchase transactional licenses, make your readings available online or at your preferred library)
Sample Statements for Your Course Syllabus
Developing Learning Outcomes
Active Verbs for Bloom's Revised Taxonomy
Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework that allows for multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement. UDL promotes inclusive practices that work to increase accessibility by reducing barriers (physical and cognitive) and build sustaining and evolving learning environments for all learners.
Equity Diversity and Inclusion
Working with TAs
Teaching Assistants are a vital component to U of T’s teaching and learning community, and support both students and instructors throughout a course. CTSI offers a number of resources for working with your TAs:
Sample rubrics to support you in planning assessment and assignments for your course.
- Civic engagement (AACU)
- Creative Thinking (AACU)
- Critical thinking (AACU)
- Essay grading (Adam Chapnick)
- Ethical reasoning (AACU)
- Group activity participation: self-assessment (Rotman)
- Information literacy (AACU)
- Intercultural knowledge (AACU)
- Integrative learning (AACU)
- Inquiry analysis (AACU)
- On tutorial participation (Canadian Forces College)
- Oral communication (AACU)
- Problem Solving (AACU)
- Quantitative Literacy (AACU)
- Reading (AACU)
- Research paper rubric (Canadian Forces College)
- Teamwork (AACU)
- Written communication (AACU)