Course Design Essentials


Course Design Essentials is a blended offering designed to fast track your course planning efforts. It consists of a three-part webinar series on Zoom along with activities in myCourses. You will apply principles of backward design to (re)design one of your courses and create an overall course plan. Note that these principles apply to courses designed for on-campus, blended and fully online delivery.  


Upon completion of Course Design Essentials, you will be able to: 

  • Describe learning-centered course design principles and strategies
  • Apply these principles and strategies to the (re)design of your course by developing a course plan with identified learning outcomes, assessments, and instructional strategies 

Format and time commitment

  • A series of three instructional webinars takes place in the morning on Zoom. These webinars provide a framework for all other activities and discussions. Time commitment: 3 hours in total 
  • Course (re)design activities in myCourses begin prior to the webinar series and remain available for as long as you’d like to keep coming back to the content. These activities are designed to support you with developing your course plan, and allow you to connect with other participants for discussion and feedback. Estimated time commitment during the webinars week: 3 hours in total 
  • A daily afternoon session will provide you with the opportunity to connect with other participants and TLS facilitators to pose questions, share ideas, and refine your plans for developing your course. Time commitment: 3 hours in total

While participation in Zoom sessions, the in-person session, and myCourses activities is strongly recommended, participating in all three instructional webinars would be considered a minimum. We understand that some participants may prefer to do a portion of the work on their own at their own pace. Overall time commitment: 3-9 hours throughout the week. It’s up to you! 


Before Monday, December 13 ~20 min. 

Preparation activity in myCourses: Reflection questions about your 
course context  

Monday, December 13

9:30 - 10:30am

~45 min. 

2:30 - 3:30pm

Webinar (Zoom): Introduction to course design and writing
learning outcomes 

Individual reading and course (re)design activities in

Daily connection opportunity (Zoom) 

Tuesday, December 14

9:30 - 10:30am

~45 min.

2:30 - 3:30pm

Webinar (Zoom): Planning assessments 

Individual course (re)design activities in myCourses 

Daily connection opportunity (in person) 

Wednesday, December 15

9:30 - 10:30am

~45 min.

2:30 - 3:30pm

Webinar (Zoom): Planning instructional strategies
and next steps 

Individual course (re)design activities in myCourses 

Daily connection opportunity (Zoom) 

Considerations before your register

  1. Do you have a course that you would like to (re)design for delivery on-campus or in a virtual environment, be it blended or fully online? 

  2. Are you able to dedicate 3-9 hours to participating in the various Zoom sessions, the in-person session, and myCourses activities between Monday, December 13 and Wednesday, December 15 (inclusive)? 

  3. Do you have access to the recommended tools for effective online participation? A computer and speakers are needed. A webcam and microphone (either external or built in to your laptop) allow for participation in the afternoon connection opportunities.

Ready to register? Click here.

Questions? For further information about Course Design Essentials, contact Dr. Carolyn Samuel by carolyn.samuel [at] (subject: Course%20Design%20Essentials) (email)

We are proud to announce that our event has been awarded Virtual Sustainable Event certification by the McGill Sustainable Events program run by the McGill Office of Sustainability. To achieve this certification, we implemented actions such as: setting community agreements at the beginning of our event, encouraging feedback, and ensuring our presentations follow accessibility guidelines.
Nous sommes fiers d’annoncer que notre événement a été certifié comme événement durable virtuel par le programme d’Événements durables de McGill du Bureau du développement durable de l’Université McGill.



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