Course Design Workshop


Upcoming Workshop 

Course Design Retreat

This self-paced three-day Course Design Retreat offers instructors support and training to revise and retool their courses for online delivery.

The Retreat is modelled on a flexible "choose your own path" approach that encourages instructors to work on their individual course development priorities, while simultaneously providing access to training and support from CTL and ITRC/WTS staff. There will also be optional informal co-working sessions with colleagues.

This workshop is a three-day event. Participants attend all three days of the Course Design Retreat.

To explain just how much choice you have at the Course Design Retreat, we've used the metaphor of the retreat as a simple cheese sandwich, with many optional toppings.

Course design retreat

Program Information

Upcoming Sessions

No upcoming sessions are scheduled at present


Annually in Spring/ Summer.


Limited to instructors.


Registration Instructions

  1. Login to Western Connect using your Western username and password.
  2. Go to the Event Calendars section and select the Centre for Teaching and Learning calendar, then select the program you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
  3. Select the Register for this Event button. If the event has reached capacity, you may have the option to register on the waitlist.
  4. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account. 
If you have any questions or problems registering for an event, please consult our FAQs or contact

Prerequisites / Recommended Preparation

The facilitators will be in touch with registrants ahead of the session to provide information about pre-work and completion requirements.

Applies to following certificates

Faculty Certificate in Teaching Excellence

Previous Workshops

Program Description

In this two-day workshop, participants have the opportunity to design or redesign a single course, present their design plan, and receive feedback.  Past participants have appreciated the hands-on nature of the workshop, time and space dedicated to thinking about course design, test-driving active learning activities and assessments, and meeting colleagues working on similar challenges.


Topics vary with each offering of the workshop to meet the needs of the participants. Past themes have included Blended Course Redesign and Course Design for Intercultural Learning. 

Core topics have included:

  • aligning course, instructional, and assessment goals
  • writing effective learning outcomes
  • selecting and incorporating learning activities
  • embedding technology to enhance face-to-face instruction
  • visualizing the curriculum pathway (mapping/outlining your course)
  • designing authentic assessment


By the end of the workshop instructors will be able to:

  • develop a comprehensive course structure
  • identify and articulate effective course-level learning outcomes
  • create assessments that allow students to clearly demonstrate their learning
  • design learning activities that engage students and support their success in the course

What to expect

Formats vary, but typically participants can expect to spend 2 days in the workshop, either consecutively or a week apart. Participants work on details of their course design between day 1 and day 2, and present their plan on the second workshop day.

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Testimonials from Course Design participants:

"Hearing ideas and getting feedback from other participants [was the most useful aspect]. In addition to the planned sessions I learned a lot from informal conversations and discussions that spilled into the breaks. I liked the variety of activities, e.g. discussions, writing down our course plans, and using sticky notes to give each other feedback. The handouts were also very helpful, e.g. providing language we can use for assessing cognitive and affective outcomes."

"Aligned assessment and visualization pathway exercises motivated me to think deeply about my course design. The active learning strategies were also very interesting, and prompted me to think about how these could be done in an online course."