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Course Design Workshop


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 three 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.


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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 evaluation

Day Two

  • Refreshments
  • Strategies: helping students succeed on the major assessments
  • Course design case 2
  • Course plans revision
  • Lunch (provided by TLS)
  • Course plan exchange
  • Questions and follow-up

Date & Location


  • Day 1: May 12, 2016 (9:00am to 5:00pm)
  • Day 2: May 17, 2016 (9:00am to 4:00pm)

Location: Education Building, Room: 627 (Active Learning Classroom), 3700 rue McTavish Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 1Y2


Registration will open in February.


For further information about the workshop, please contact Dr. Mariela Tovar by mariela [dot] tovar [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: CDW) (email) or phone at (514) 398-5996.