Course & Curriculum Design Workshops

The Teaching Commons offers a series of workshops for course directors who would like to enhance an existing course, or create a new course design. The sessions provide you with thorough, creative and practical strategies for developing your course.  The focus will be on facilitating a learner-centered learning environment that promotes deep learning.

We can also offer specially scheduled or adapted workshops for groups of 6 or more.

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Course Design Bootcamp

This is an intensive workshop to get you started designing or updating your course. We will cover principles of good course design, assessment and feedback, active learning and engagement strategies, and provide you with the resources you need to design great courses.

Participants will be introduced to the process and principles of course design and learn to write effective learning outcomes. They will consider how to structure a course based on those outcomes based on the principle of alignment of assessment and teaching activities with learning outcomes. They will also learn about the purposes of assessment as well as criterion-based assessment to measure learning.

All sessions will run from 9:30am to 2:00pm. *We will break for 30 minutes for lunch.

Date: December 6, 2017
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Inclusive Course Design

This session focuses on considerations for pedagogical practice that provides equal opportunities for learning as the student body becomes more diverse. In the first part of the workshop, we will discuss the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) developed to pro-actively meet the needs of learners with their varying abilities, talents and learning styles. An evolving case study will be presented to help participants apply some of the principles of UDL. In the second part of the session, we will look at the accommodation approach to inclusion, i.e., the removal of barriers and provision of accommodation based on individual requests. The workshop is designed to be interactive and will provide opportunties for questions and discussion.

This workshop will take place in DB 1014 from 9.30am -11.30am.

Date: Fall 2017


Using LEGO in the Classroom

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | 9-11am | DB 1014

This workshop is designed to showcase new and innovative ways of using LEGO as a teaching tool in your classroom. LEGO is a powerful tool to help develop skills and demonstrate understanding beyond our traditional text-heavy learning activities while also overcoming some common challenges in unlocking our students’ creative potential.

Using a variety of interactive activities, participants will learn new strategies for incorporating LEGO into lessons teaching creativity, communication, and problem solving, as well as using these versatile building blocks for gathering formative assessment data. Participants will also learn from the facilitators’ experiences as both learners and teachers using LEGO in the classroom while discussing tips for how to use LEGO as an important classroom resource.

Please register early if you would like to attend as space for this session is limited.

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