Course Design Workshop


Upcoming Workshop 

Course Design for Experiential Learning

The goal of this two-day workshop is to support instructors in designing curricular experiential learning activities, such as: simulation, field experience, research/scholarly creation, industry project, performance or case-based learning. Participants will:

  1. begin to (re)design a course to include a low- to mid-level intensity experiential learning component;
  2. become familiar with the principles that guide best practice of experiential learning activities;
  3. design reflective learning activities and evaluation strategies that will help students articulate what they have learned from the experiential learning activity.

Experiential learning is a growing priority at Western, in the province, and for both undergraduate and graduate students. It is recognized as an approach to teaching that allows learners to: increase and apply disciplinary knowledge, develop transferable skills, clarify interests and values, strengthen career engagement and employability, and collaborate meaningfully with communities.

This workshop is a two-day event, with individual consultations available on one of the days with workshop facilitators.



Program Information

Upcoming Sessions

No sessions are scheduled at present. 


Once per year, usually in May.


Limited to instructors.


Registration Instructions

  1. Login to Western Connect using your Western username and password.
  2. Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section. Select Event Calendar and 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. 
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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."