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Queen's University

Centre for Teaching and Learning

The next ONE-DAY workshop has not been scheduled.


In this intensive ONE-DAY workshop participants learn and apply:

  • principles of backward design, constructive alignment and universal design to the design or re-design of one of their courses
  • sound pedagogical practices to inform instructional and assessment decision-making
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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.


Be advised that while your colleagues who came before you found this to be a worthwhile and rewarding professional learning experience,  they also found it quite intensive.


This will be the 6th time we are offering this successful program that’s been adapted from one developed at McGill University.  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, critical to the professional learning process. Therefore, is essential that you come prepared by bringing all materials related to the Queen’s course you intend to design or re-design.


Feedback from participants of the December 2012 one-day workshop:


  • "I found the one day format attractive because I find myself pressed for time. I think that the course content would  have been better delivered over 2 days."
  •  "Good pace… maybe a bit dense – but good given time constraints. I would participate again. Very valuable."
    •  "It was a serious mistake to cut this back to a single day. I could have got about 5 times as much out of it with just one more day."
      • "I thought a two-day workshop would have been great – discussions got shortened a little too much."

      Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000