Centre for Teaching Excellence

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Course (Re)Design Workshop


This 3-day workshop is an intensive, hands-on experience, where you will work in a supportive atmosphere, both individually and collaboratively, to create a new course or redesign an existing one that you teach or are planning to teach.
Throughout the workshop, you will increase your understanding of learning-centred course design principles as you apply this to your own course in an iterative and dynamic process.

During the workshop, you will:

  1. Design or re-design a learner-centered course.
  2. Apply principles of alignment to your course.
  3. Determine various learning activities and assessment strategies that best support your course learning outcomes.
  4. Plan strategies for helping students thrive, including strategies for inclusion, decolonizing and promoting meaningful interaction, social presence, and equitable learning.
  5. Engage in peer learning as a means of iterating and refining your course design.

The workshop will be a combination of synchronous sessions, off-line on your own course design and synchronous peer feedback.

The workshop participants MUST be able to attend every day and all sessions.

If you have any questions, please contact us at cte@capilanou.ca.


What Past Participants Are Saying:

Very helpful for preparing for fall teaching

Having a supportive community for improving teaching effectiveness is something I really appreciate as an instructor. I feel like I have learned so much from CTE in the few years I have taught here (far more than I ever learned in grad school about teaching). I wish more faculty would take advantage of these resources.

Well, it was “fundamentals” as billed. So always good to see that your plans are firmly on track.

I thought the readings and the in-class stuff were really informative. The activities were thought provoking too, and it was nice to be able to apply them directly to a course I’m developing.

Clear, organized consistent roadmap. Purposeful, patient modelling by facilitators. Experiencing remote/ online learning myself made it possible to understand the importance of Backwards Design. Starting with Learning Outcomes has been key to helping me rethink and redesign my lessons.

I give it raves

The delivery was succinct and the content was practical — good theory/application balance.

In general it gave me a lot more confidence. I would gladly take the course again.

The best part was having regular assignments and readings that ensured I did the work and learnt by doing.

Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. We respectfully acknowledge that our campuses are located on the unceded sovereign Indigenous Nations of Lil’wat, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm(Musqueam), Shíshálh (Sechelt), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh(Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh).


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