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Course Design Program

Enriching student learning experiences through evidence-based course design.

Time commitment

9 – 12 hours


Online | A combination of asynchronous (D2L) and synchronous courses. Participants can choose which courses are best suited to their needs.

Program overview

The Course Design Program uses evidence-based practical strategies to help inform and direct your course design. The program includes student-centred learning topics to help you through complete course designs or re-designs, developing your course outline, planning assessments, and promoting student engagement. The flexible format uses both asynchronous and synchronous approaches for participants to engage with the material, each other and the facilitators. This program will help you to develop an overall course design plan and identify practical strategies for designing, teaching, and evaluating your course, whether your course is online, in the classroom, or blended.

Program details

You will have opportunities to engage in the following: 

  • Conduct a front-end analysis in order to identify important elements in your course design 

  • Write effective course learning outcomes for your course Select and sequence course content 

  • Identify practical constraints for your course and select strategies to mitigate them 

  • Choose student assessment strategies that are an accurate measure of the course learning outcomes 

  • Select teaching and learning activities in alignment with course learning outcomes and assessment strategies 

  • Evaluate your course design 

By completing the required elements, participants can qualify for the Course Design Program badge. Requirements include:

  • Attending the Foundations of Course Design
  • Select two or more of the following supplementary sessions*:
    • Writing course learning outcomes
    • Incorporating student assessment strategies into your course design
    • Designing for learning: activities and instruction in the classroom
    • Effective feedback strategies for instructors
    • OR choose any workshop from the TI Calendar
  • Completing the following assignments:
    • Creating an assessment blueprint
    • Completing a course design plan and reflection
  • Participating in D2L Discussion Board Activities

*Once you have registered in the program you will still need to register for optional courses that you wish to take.


Patrick Kelly

Manager, Learning and Instructional Design

Lin Yu

Learning & Instructional Design Specialist

Lorelei Anselmo

Learning & Instructional Design Specialist