Course Design/Redesign Institute

man looking at a board covered in ideas and informationThe Course Design/Redesign Institute is an intensive workshop that guides participants through a process of designing or redesigning 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 as a blended and hy-flex program, with options to attend in-person or online, and access to an onQ course site for digital resources and activities.

Upcoming Offerings

The next Course Design/Redesign Institute will be held the week of June 20, 2022.

Registration Form

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 identified principles such as decolonization, accessibility, inclusivity, anti-racism, global engagement, and/or student & instructor well-being.

Institute Structure & Participant Options

Course Design Institute is structured as a week-long program. Participants engage in facilitated in-person/synchronous activities on the Tuesday and Thursday of that week. On other days, additional activities and resources are offered for self-directed engagement.

When completing the application, participants will be invited to select between two options for participation:

In-Person Participation involves:

  • in-person attendance at two half-day workshops (main campus location TBD):
    • Tuesday June 21, 9-12PM EST
    • Thursday June 23, 9-12PM EST
  • online completion of the Welcome & Introduction pre-Institute module via onQ
  • optional online engagement in additional asynchronous activities and resources made available via onQ
  • online attendance of a synchronous Institute Wrap Up: Friday June 24th, 11-12PM EST

Online Participation involves:

  • synchronous attendance at two one-hour Zoom sessions:
    • Tuesday June 21, 2-3PM EST
    • Thursday June 23, 2-3PM EST
  • online completion of the Welcome & Introduction pre-Institute module via onQ
  • facilitator-guided online engagement in asynchronous activities and resources made available via onQ
  • online attendance of a synchronous Institute Wrap Up: Friday June 24th, 11-12PM EST

Participants will be asked to select between either the in-person or online option. Enrolment in both formats at once is not possible. The In-person group will be limited to 25 registrants. There are no limitations to online enrolments. In-person attendees will be asked to follow campus COVID practices in place at the time of the event, which will be communicated in the days leading up to our time together. Any in-person attendees experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID are asked not to attend on campus and will be offered support to switch to online participation.

Eligibility

Participants must…

  • Have access to onQ through their Queen’s Net ID and password
  • Have a course for design/redesign, regardless of the mode (remote, online, face-to-face, or blended) that will be taught in the upcoming academic year

Online participants should plan to have access to the following tools for effective remote participation: computer, speakers, webcam, and high-speed internet

Why Participate?

  • Engage in a flexible, rapid, 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