Course Design Workshop

The Course Design Workshop for May 2020 is now cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the May 2020 Course Design Workshop is cancelled. Information about the December 2020 workshop will be posted here as it becomes available.

Throughout the summer, TLS will be scheduling various support offerings (e.g., webinars). Check our website for event announcements. If you are preparing to teach a summer course remotely, resources are available here.

For specific course design questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.


Would you like to design or redesign one of your courses and enhance your teaching skills? Join a group of fellow faculty members led by facilitators from Teaching and Learning Services to discuss strategies for course design and teaching that focus on enhancing student learning. Bring an existing course or your ideas for designing a new one. You will leave this workshop with new insights about teaching and a draft course plan.

Please note that the Course Design Workshop is designed for McGill instructors. For a complete description of programs designed for graduate students, please check Skillsets offerings.


During this workshop you will:

  1. Become familiar with learning-centered course design principles and strategies;
  2. Apply these principles to the (re)design of one of their courses;
  3. Exchange feedback with peers to improve course design and teaching approaches.


The workshop has four components:

  1. Pre-workshop preparation:
    Participants will be asked to complete a short questionnaire and read an article.
  2. Day one:
    The workshop includes interactive activities, mini lectures, and exercises where participants apply course design principles to a specific course in their discipline. Please see Agenda Tab.
  3. Day two:
    Participants exchange feedback on their assessment plans and consider strategies to prepare students to succeed on their assignments. Please see Agenda Tab.
  4. myCourses:
    The myCourses site offers participants access to workshop content and resources to help with course planning. Participants can also engage in discussions on topics related to course design and teaching.

Content: what is the content of the Course? Outcome: what do you want students to learn? Strategy: what activities will support learning? Assessment: how will you assess learning?


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We are proud to announce that the Course Design Workshop has been certified as a Silver McGill Sustainable Event by the McGill Office of Sustainability. To achieve this certification, we implemented actions such as reducing printed material and paper waste, provided compostable dishware, and set proper community ground rules.

Agenda (tentative)

Day One

  • Refreshments

  • Introduction and course design model

  • Context

  • Content

  • Learning outcomes

  • Lunch (provided by TLS)
  • Assessment
  • Course design case 1
  • Questions, preparation for day 2, and evaluation

Day Two

  • Refreshments
  • Strategies
  • Course design case 2
  • Course plans revision
  • Lunch (provided by TLS)
  • Course plan exchange
  • Next steps

Date, Location, and Registration

Dates - December 2019: 

  • Day 1: December 9, 2019 (9:00am to 4:30pm)
  • Day 2: December 12, 2019 (9:00am to 4:00pm)

Location: Frank Dawson Adams Building, room 211

Registration is now closed. 

Dates - May 2020

  • Day 1: May 11, 2020 (9:00am to 4:30pm)
  • Day 2: May 14, 2020 (9:00am to 4:00pm)

Location: tbd

Registration is now closed


TLS is committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive campus community. We hold the Course Design Workshop in an accessible classroom that includes a height-adjustable table. 


For further information about the workshop, please contact Dr. Carolyn Samuel by carolyn.samuel [at] (subject: CDW) (email) or phone at 514-398-1712.


While this web page is accessible worldwide, McGill University is on land which has served and continues to serve as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. Teaching and Learning Services acknowledges and thanks the diverse Indigenous peoples whose footsteps mark this territory on which peoples of the world now gather. This land acknowledgement is shared as a starting point to provide context for further learning and action.

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