Documentation:Course Design Intensive/Participants/December 2019

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Welcome to the Fall 2019 session of the CDI!

We are looking forward to welcoming a new cohort during the week of December 2 - 6. We'll meet in person on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (9am-4:30pm) and on the Tuesday and Thursday we encourage you to continue on your course plans, either individually, or in consultation with facilitators.

Participants of the June 2018 CDI cohort. (Photo by Abigail Saxton)


The CDI schedule is available to download, but work is in process and the finalized schedule may not be updated until the week before the session.


The purpose of a well designed course is to support learning. As such, strong course design is learner-centered. While many variables influence course design, alignment between learning outcomes, assessment approaches, and teaching and learning activities is the backbone of a well designed course.  

During the 3-day Course Design Intensive (CDI), you will be designing or revising a course using principles of a learner-centred approach.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the CDI, you will be able to:

1. Design or re-design a learner-centered course.

2. Apply principles of alignment to your course.

3. Determine various learning activities and assessment strategies that best support your course learning outcomes.

4. Engage in peer learning as a means of iterating and refining your course design.

The Big Idea for the CDI is that course design both influences and is influenced by learning.

CDI Resources

CDI Workbook & pre-work prior to Day 1

The CDI Workbook supports your analytic thinking in the process of building, refining and iterating your course design. The CDI workbook is emailed to you in advance of the program start date. You can also view a copy of the workbook here.

The workbook is a “working document”; as you build out your course design the template charts and tables will grow.

You can view the pre-work on page 2 of the workbook. Please be sure you schedule sufficient time to complete the pre-work so that learning done on your own can be further developed in the session. Please be sure you bring your completed work with you, including a hard copy of your empathy map.

CDI Learning Plans

We use this site to curate our resources and share out our facilitation plans. Feel free to familiarize yourself with Learning Plans for Day 1, 2 and 3 (tabs, on this site), but please note that facilitators are making changes to this plan up until Day 1 of the session.


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