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Course Design Essentials is offered each December. In the meantime, learn about our other course design offerings.

Course Design Essentials

To-do listAn online offering designed to fast-track your course planning efforts


Course Design Essentials consists of a three-part webinar series on Zoom, along with activities in myCourses. You will consider a variety of strategies and apply principles of backward design to (re)design one of your courses and create a Course Alignment Plan. Note that these principles apply to courses taught on campus, in a blended manner, and fully online. 



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.
  • Develop a Course Alignment Plan (CAP) with identified learning outcomes, assessments, and instructional strategies.

Time commitment

A series of three 90-minute webinars (held over three days) is a 4.5 hour time commitment. In addition, there are activities designed to support you with developing your CAP and allow you to connect with other participants for discussion and feedback. Some of the myCourses activities begin prior to the webinar series. We estimate a time commitment of 2.5 hours for activities outside webinar time; however, time for reflection and additional work will vary on an individual basis.

NB: Webinars are not be recorded.


2023 dates:

December 11, 9:30 - 11:00am 
December 12, 9:30 - 11:30am 

December 13, 9:30 - 11:00am 




In advance

~20 min.

Preparation activity in myCourses: Reflection questions about your course context

Webinar one

90 min.

~45 min.

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

Individual reading and course (re)design activities in myCourses

Webinar two

120 min

~45 min.

Webinar (Zoom): Planning assessments

Individual course (re)design activities in myCourses

Webinar three

90 min

~45 min

Webinar (Zoom): Planning instructional strategies and next steps

Individual course (re)design activities in myCourses

Registration and contact

Course Design Essentials will be offered again in December 2024.

Registration is not yet open

Questions? For further information about Course Design Essentials, tls [at] (subject: Course%20Design%20Essentials) (email us.)



You can access our course design offerings in three different formats:

A self-paced option in myCourses, a fast-track webinar series, and a two-day in-person workshop.


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