Course Design Institute

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Date and Time: Tuesday July 16 and Thursday, July 18, 2024, 9:30am - 3:30pm
Location: Ellis Hall, Room 333

Facilitator:  Nevena Martinović, Centre for Teaching and Learning


The Course Design Institute is a two-day intensive that guides participants through the process of designing an academic course. The Institute is open to all educators at Queen’s University preparing a course to be taught in the upcoming year.

This year, the Institute will be offered over two non-consecutive days in July, and will be complemented by an onQ course for digital resources and activities. These sessions will not be recorded.

Why Participate?

  • Engage in a flexible and supportive process for effectively preparing for the term ahead.
  • Work through a hands-on intensive learning experience to engage a design process that is transferable to all courses.
  • Develop a course framework with identified learning outcomes, assessments, learning activities, instructional strategies, and technologies.
  • Network and share ideas, challenges, strategies, and questions about teaching, learning and design with others.
  • Receive follow-up consultation and support (e.g., onQ, rubric design, etc.)
  • Access Institute materials and other resources on teaching and learning.

Learning Outcomes 

By the end of Course Design Institute, you will be able to:

  • identify situational factors that affect decisions you make in the design process.
  • apply principles of backward design and integrated course design to improve student engagement and learning.
  • review and advance your course design and teaching on decolonization, accessibility, inclusivity, anti-racism, global engagement, and/or student & instructor well-being.

Registration Criteria

While instructors from across Queen’s University are invited to attend the Course Design Institute, priority will be given to those teaching courses in Fall and/or Winter 2024-2025 and who can attend both days.

Registration deadline: Friday, July 5, 2024

Registration Form

Accessibility Statement

The Centre for Teaching and Learning strives to make its events accessible to all members of the Queen’s community by offering some online and others in-person, as well as recording wherever possible. There are many factors that influence and constrain how online offerings are designed, delivered, and facilitated. We recognize however that this design and approach does not result in identical experiences for all. If possible, contact in advance for any access needs or accommodation. Facilitators will be available throughout the Course Design Institute should accessibility needs arise, and you can always reach out to

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