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Queen's University

Centre for Teaching and Learning


December 3 & 4, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202

In this intensive two-day workshop participants learn to apply the principles of backward design, constructive alignment and universal design for learning to the development or re-design of one of their courses. Sound pedagogical principles will be introduced to help inform all instructional and assessment decision-making.

Course Design Elements

Through a variety of individual, large and small group activities, you will be invited to think about your course in novel ways. Primary principles of  course design, assessment and instructional methods will be presented and their applications illustrated before you work to apply those principles to your own course. Small multi-disciplinary groups will collaborate to offer constructive feedback on colleagues’ course plans. The workshop provides the opportunity to learn about course planning and the selection of well-aligned assessment and instructional strategies in a supportive and collegial environment.

Adapted from a program developed at McGill University, Course Design@Queen's is fast becoming the CTL's signature program. Previous participants at Queen’s report that the content and lively peer discussions led to new insights about course content, assessment possibilities and instructional innovation. They left the workshop both exhausted and energized.  The exchange of ideas and peer feedback is a critical component of the workshop and, as pointed out by peers who came before you, fundamental to the professional learning process. Therefore, it is essential that you come prepared by bringing all materials related to the Queen’s course you intend to design or re-design.



Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000