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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
February 9, 2016

Canadian Excellence

Four Day Course (Re)Design Institute (CRDI)

Each year Educational Development offers a Course (Re)Design Institute (CRDI) to full and part-time faculty. Since its inception in May 2006, more than 55 faculty members from a range of disciplines have successfully completed the program. When asked what they would tell a faculty colleague about the Institute, participants shared:

"You guys are awesome. My teaching will improve because of this experience." (2010)

"I am excited to get rolling with more web-based activities and you inspired me to do so."

"This workshop gave new ideas and insight, inspired me to develop a new course and gave me more motivation to improve the courses I already teach."

"The program exceeded my expectations. It helped rethinking the students that I teach, the technology I use (or don't use) and its effect on my teaching, the place of my teaching within the broader program/ university context, the support that is available to me through Laurier... and so much more!" (2009)

"If you care about teaching, do it!"

Interested faculty (full-time and CAS) are invited to register by completing the online registration form. Limited space is available given the hands-on intensive experience provided. Priority will be given to those who can attend all four days and who will be implementing their course in the coming academic year.

Comments and Questions?

Please contact Jeanette McDonald, Manager of Educational Development, at 519-884-0710 ext. 3211 or by email at

Please note there is a $40 registration fee for the Course (Re)Design Institute and is required to reserve a spot within the program. In the event of more than 12 applicants, priority will be given based on the criteria outlined under the "Who is accepted?" section. If you cannot attend, the registration fee is refundable up until 5 business days prior to the start of the program.

Insitute Goals/Overviews

  • facilitate application of a set of course design tools both practical and conceptual in form
  • promote a learner/ing-focused approach to course design and teaching
  • engage participants in scholarly and reflective teaching and learning practice
  • provide a forum to network and share ideas, challenges, strategies, and questions about teaching, learning and design with other faculty

      Who Should Attend?

      Laurier faculty, librarians, and instructional (support) staff who are:

      • actively charged with curriculum development in keeping with departmental/unit curricular goals
      • committed to and interested in designing a new course or redeveloping an existing course, either a complete retrofit or minor remodelling
      • planning on introducing a new course in the coming academic year
      • returning to introduce or teach their new or redeveloped course in the coming academic year
          Who is Accepted?

          Up to twelve (12) participants are admitted each year; priority is given to faculty and contract academic staff who:

          • have a specific course in mind for (re)development
          • have a specific project/course in mind (12 participants admitted each year)
          • are full-time facultyor contract academic staff fromone of Laurier's four campuses
          • are able to commit to the entire four-day program, including pre-Institute preparations (about 2 - 4 hours)
          • will be teaching their course in the upcoming fall or winter term

              NB: some evening work may be required of individuals during the program (e.g., reading, reflection, revision to materials)

              What's in it for Me?

              • a hands-on intensive learning experience that will take you away from your office for four full days and engage you in a design process that is transferable to all courses
              • an opportunity to engage in scholarly and reflective practice on teaching and learning
              • an opportunity to share your ideas, challenges, strategies, and questions with others
              • the development of a course framework and skelatal syllabus that clearly names and aligns student/course outcomes, assessments, learning activities, content and instructional strategies)
              • follow-up consultation and support (e.g., MyLS, rubric design, etc.)
              • a resource binder of teaching and learning materials
              • a certificate of completion signed by the Associate Vice President: Teaching and Learning
                  CRDI Format

                  The institute will model many of the practices promoted by the course re/design process. Each day will be comprised of the following components:

                  • participant,facilitator and/or guest speaker presentations
                  • small and large group discussions
                  • individual and peer involvement in applied design activities (e.g., course mapping, learning outcomes, assessments/activities, instructional strategies, syllabus design)
                  • self/peer feedback
                  • individual study (e.g., readings) and personal reflection (evenings included)