Course Design Workshops

Course Design and Renovation Workshop

May 14 and 16, 2018
9:00am to 4:00pm

In this  two-day workshop, faculty have the opportunity to design or redesign a single course; present the design plan to their peers, and receive constructive feedback. Participants appreciate the focused time and space dedicated to working on their courses and the hands on nature of the workshop. They also value the opportunity to test drive active learning activities and assessments, and meet colleagues working on similar challenges. 

The workshop’s core course topics include:

  • Aligning course, instructional, and assessment goals
  • Writing effective learning outcomes
  • Selecting and incorporating learning activities that engage students
  • Embedding technology to enhance face-to-face instruction
  • Designing authentic assessments

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

  • Visualize a comprehensive and cohesive course structure
  • Write effective learning outcomes that describe what students will learn and be able to do by the end of the course
  • Create learning activities and assessments that clearly align with learning outcomes. 

Enrollment in the workshop will be limited to 20 faculty members so that the course goals and topics can be tailored to the needs of the participants.

This program is restricted to faculty and limited duties instructors.

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Special Topic – Course Design for Intercultural Learning Workshop

Date and time TBA

In today’s diverse classrooms, instructors are frequently called upon to internationalize the curriculum and design learning activities that promote global engagement among students (Bond, Qian, & Huang, 2003; Leask, 2013). In fact, the Western Degree Outcomes identify “global and community engagement” as an important attribute of Western University graduates.

The goal of this workshop is to introduce participants to a set of learning activities and facilitation tools that they will be able to use when they facilitate intercultural, cosmopolitan or global learning in their class. Participants will (1) begin to (re)design a course that promotes global engagement in their discipline; (2) become familiar with intensity factors that may affect student learning in diverse settings (Paige, 1993); and (3) design reflective learning activities and debriefing strategies that will help students articulate what they have learned from intercultural learning experiences.

The workshop will be of particular interest to instructors who are incorporating international perspectives in the curriculum here at home, planning study abroad or international field courses, or designing a course with community engaged learning components where students will be engaged in cross-cultural settings.

*This workshop counts towards the course design component for the Faculty Certificate in Teaching Excellence.


Bond, S., Qian, J., & Huang, J. (2003). The role of faculty in internationalizing the undergraduate curriculum and classroom experience. CBIE Research, 8, 1–19.

Paige, R. M. (1993). On the nature of intercultural experiences and intercultural education. In R. M. Paige (Ed.), Education for the intercultural experience (pp. 1–20). Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press.

Leask, B. (2013). Internationalizing the curriculum in the disciplines: Imagining new possibilities. Journal of Studies in International Education, 17(2), 103-118.