Course Design Institute

people working on a project laid out on a deskOctober 2023

Registration will be limited to 30 registrants.

Synchronous sessions will be:

  • Tuesday, October 3, 10:30 - 11:00am EST;
  • Tuesday, October 10, 9:30 – 11:30am EST;
  • Thursday, October 12, 9:30 – 11:30am EST; and
  • Tuesday, October 17, 1:00 – 3:00pm

Synchronous online office hours:

  • Monday, October 16, 10:30am – 12:00pm; and
  • Thursday, October 19, 10:00 – 11:30am

Registration Form


The Course Design Institute is a series of virtual workshops that guide 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 online ZOOM and through an onQ course for digital resources and activities. There will be synchronous sessions, alongside asynchronous work.

Institute 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.

Institute Structure

Course Design Institute is structured as an online program with synchronous and asynchronous elements. Participants will engage in three facilitated synchronous sessions over the course of two weeks.  On other days, additional activities and resources are provided for self-directed engagement.

When completing the application, participants will be invited to share information about the course they will be designing and their experience with course design in general.

Online Participation involves:

  • synchronous attendance at Zoom sessions:   
    • Tuesday Oct 3 | 10:30 - 11:00am (Optional Intro and onQ Support)
    • Tuesday Oct 10 | 9:30 – 11:30am
    • Thursday Oct 12 | 9:30 – 11:30am
    • Tuesday Oct 17 | 1:00 – 3:00pm  
  • facilitator-guided online engagement in asynchronous activities and resources made available via onQ


Participants must have:

  • access to onQ through their Queen’s Net ID and password.
  • course to design, that will be taught in the upcoming academic year (fall or winter term).
  • access to the following tools for effective remote participation: computer, speakers, webcam, and high-speed internet.
  • a draft syllabus or outline to work from.

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.

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