Course Design Intensive – November 2020

Event Date & Time

  • November 17, 2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • November 19, 2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • November 24, 2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Event Description

Registration for the CDI has now closed. For any inquiries please contact the coordinator of the workshop, Sue Hampton, at

The Course Design Intensive (CDI) is an intensive program in which participants work, individually and collaboratively, to design or re-design a course they are (or will be) teaching. Throughout the workshop, participants will acquire a broadened understanding of course design concepts, and will gain skills and tools they can apply to their own course. The focus of the workshop is on having participants work with the major concepts and questions that need to be considered as they design a course. Ultimately, the goal of the CDI is to support instructors as they work to enhance their students’ learning.

Once you have completed this initial registration process for the CDI, you will be asked to complete a pre-survey to establish your eligibility for the CDI, and to ensure we best meet your needs during the CDI. Once you’ve completed the pre-survey, you’ll be contacted by email to complete your registration.

Upon completion of the Course Design Intensive you will be able to:

The purpose of a well designed course is to support learning. As such, strong course design is learner centered. While many variables influence course design, alignment between learning outcomes, assessment approaches, and teaching and learning activities is the backbone of a well designed course.

During the 3-day Course Design Intensive (CDI), you will be designing or revising a course using principles of a learner-centred approach.

By the end of the CDI, you will be able to:

  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. Engage in peer learning as a means of iterating and refining your course design.

The Big Idea for the CDI is that course design both influences and is influenced by learning.

Format of the CDI

The CDI is a three-day workshop, typically a Monday, Wednesday and a Friday, giving you two days in-between to independently work on your course design. Additional support is provided to you on the in-between days. The remote offering will follow this schedule, with a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning activities held throughout the three days.

The CDI takes a “flipped” approach to course work, and you will be asked to complete pre-work prior to the first day of the workshop, so that learning done on your own can be further developed in discussion together. You will also be required to continue to work on your course design plans and complete homework prior to each day of the workshop sessions.


November 2020 (remote offering)

The remote offering will take place the week of November 17-24. The three mandatory meeting dates are:

  • Tuesday, November 17
  • Thursday, November 19
  • Tuesday, November 24

The remote CDI will happen in ‘real-time’ on those days, with some of the workshop delivered synchronously through Zoom, and other parts in the day where participants will work on their own (asynchronously). Participants are requested to clear out their schedules for as much of the week as possible in order to progress on their course plans alongside the rest of the cohort.

There will be optional check-ins and small group consultations on Tuesday, November 17 and Monday, November 24 to support your work on your course plans.

*Registering through this page does not guarantee registration in the course – approval is based on participants responses to a survey, which will be sent out once a participant has filled out the online registration form. You will be notified if you have been accepted into the workshop*

Questions: If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact