Centre for Teaching and Learning

Centre for Teaching and Learning
Centre for Teaching and Learning

Course Design Express

Inspired by our signature Course Design@Queen’s Institute, Course Design Express is an abridged program designed to fast track your course planning efforts. You will apply principles of backward design, constructive alignment, and universal design for learning to develop or re-design of one of your courses for the upcoming term.  

As an online alternative to the Institute, Course Design Express is an agile program that has been continually adjusted since its inception in 2020 in response to changing needs of instructors, students, and classroom contexts.  

Two Ways to Participate

  1. Self-Paced: Register any time to get access to the onQ site (launching Monday May 31st, 2021) and start working at the modules on your own pace. 
    Register Now - Registration will be open through the end of August 2021
    Additional workshops available throughout the summer
    Wednesday July 14, 11:00 – 11:50AM EST, Microsoft Teams
    Theme: Situational Factors, Learning Outcomes

    This event is a synchronous meeting for Course Design Express participants to connect with others and discuss their course design efforts. On this date, the meeting will focus on situational considerations that impact course design decisions and course learning outcomes. However, the conversation is intended to be casual.
    All are welcome to join, however attendees are strongly encouraged to register for and access Course Design Express onQ modules ahead of the conversation. Those who participated in the Course Design Express Bootcamp (June 14-18) will find this July 14th event to be similar to synchronous activities that were a part of the Bootcamp. They are nonetheless invited to attend and continue the conversation.

    Register Now

    Wednesday July 28, 11:00 – 11:50AM EST, Microsoft Teams
    Theme: Assessment, Activities & Technologies

    This event is a synchronous meeting for Course Design Express participants to connect with others and discuss their course design efforts. On this date, the meeting will focus on course assessments, instructional activities, and various teaching technologies. However, the conversation is intended to be casual.
    All are welcome to join, however attendees are strongly encouraged to register for and access Course Design Express onQ modules ahead of the conversation. Those who participated in the Course Design Express Bootcamp (June 14-18) will find this July 14th event to be similar to synchronous activities that were a part of the Bootcamp. They are nonetheless invited to attend and continue the conversation.

    Register Now

    Wednesday August 11, 11:00 – 11:50AM EST, Microsoft Teams
    Theme: Course Structure and Scheduling

    This event is a synchronous meeting for Course Design Express participants to connect with others and discuss their course design efforts. On this date, the meeting will focus on the week-to-week schedule and rhythm of your course. However, the conversation is intended to be casual.
    All are welcome to join, however attendees are strongly encouraged to register for and access Course Design Express onQ modules ahead of the conversation. Those who participated in the Course Design Express Bootcamp (June 14-18) will find this July 14th event to be similar to synchronous activities that were a part of the Bootcamp. They are nonetheless invited to attend and continue the conversation.

    Register Now

    Wednesday August 18, 11:00 – 11:50AM EST, Microsoft Teams
    Theme: Community

    This event is a synchronous meeting for Course Design Express participants to connect with others and discuss their course design efforts. On this date, the meeting will focus on the elements of your course that serve to foster community-building. However, the conversation is intended to be casual.
    All are welcome to join, however attendees are strongly encouraged to register for and access Course Design Express onQ modules ahead of the conversation. Those who participated in the Course Design Express Bootcamp (June 14-18) will find this July 14th event to be similar to synchronous activities that were a part of the Bootcamp. They are nonetheless invited to attend and continue the conversation

    Register Now

  2. CDE Bootcamp: If you benefit from more structure, consider the CDE Bootcamp being hosted the week of June 14, 2021 where we’ve increased the number of facilitated activities into the week for supporting your intensive course design efforts.  Bootcamp Schedule (PDF, 179KB)
    Register Now - registration closes Friday, June 11, 2021 at 11:59pm

Express Outcomes

Depending on the differentiated route you take through Course Design Express activities, you will be able to: 

  • identify situational factors that affect decisions you make in the design process 
  • apply principles of backward design to devise a ready-to-implement course plan  
  • integrate a learner/ing-focused approach to course design and teaching 
  • identify technologies and digital strategies for effectively supporting a remote course delivery plan 

Work through guided content that works for you: 

Course Design Express is hosted through onQ. The onQ site is divided into themed modules that include synchronous and asynchronous components:

pool donut floating in a poolQuick Dip activities take no more than 20 minutes of your time to complete. They introduce you to key concepts and leaves you with the one or two essential tasks for advancing to your course design.  

 

view of the surface of the water from underwaterDeep Dive activities take you further into facilitated action on your course design. Jumping off from the Quick Dip, these activities will take you between 30 – 50 minutes to complete. Additional opportunities exist for feedback and one-on-one consultation. 

 

large pool with a number of people in it photographed from aboveCommunity Pool events are 50-minute, facilitated workshops for participants of Course Design Express hosted live on Zoom at 11:00 am EST each day. Workshops rotate through module themes so that participants can spend dedicated time discussing key aspects of their course design process. 

For Spring/Summer 2021, Course Design Express is… 

Course Design Infographic (PDF, 1.6MB)

Ultra-Flexible…Prioritize the course design topics and exercises you need to get ready for instruction. Choose from 10-minute overview videos, 50-minute self-directed activities with opportunity for feedback, and synchronous workshops for connection and discussion. 

Action-Oriented…make progress on your course. The time you commit to Express will be spent developing your course plan. 

Condensed… we’ve condensed our course design program, drawing on lessons learned from 2020, to focus in on the most pressing elements of course design for remote, blended, and altered face-to-face teaching contexts. 

Collegial… One of the valuable qualities of Course Design@Queen’s Institute has always been the multi-disciplinary perspectives offered by connecting with others from across campus. Tap into a supportive and collegial environment for receiving inspiration and getting feedback from like-minded instructors. 

    Eligibility 

    Participants must…. 

    • Have access to onQ through their Queen’s Net ID and password 
    • Have a course that you would like to design/redesign, regardless of the mode (remote, online, face-to-face, or blended) 
    • Have access to the following tools for effective remote participation: computer, speakers, webcam*, and high-speed internet* 
      • *both optional but strongly recommended 

    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 Express materials and other resources on teaching and learning 

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