Course Design Workshop

Registration for the Workshop is now closed. 


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 session 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 Graduate Education Initiatives.


During this workshop participants 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:
    Upon registration, 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. Online component:
    Participants of the workshop will gain access to an online myCourses site for workshop alumni. This site features regular discussions on topics related to course design and teaching and contains additional resources to help you plan your courses.


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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 feedback

Day Two

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

Date, Location & Registration


  • 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 for the December 2019 workshop will open in early October.


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




McGill University is on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. We acknowledge and thank the diverse Indigenous people whose footsteps have marked this territory on which peoples of the world now gather.

L'Université McGill est sur un emplacement qui a longtemps servi de lieu de rencontre et d'échange entre les peuples autochtones, y compris les nations Haudenosaunee et Anishinabeg. Nous reconnaissons et remercions les divers peuples autochtones dont les pas ont marqué ce territoire sur lequel les peuples du monde entier se réunissent maintenant.