Course Design Intensive for Faculty

Will you be teaching a course in the next year? Are you considering changes to how your current course is structured? Are you designing a new course entirely? Design or re-design your course now, by participating in the Course Design Intensive (CDI).

The CDI will be offered remotely in June 2020 for faculty members who want to re/design a course they will be offering in September or later. The CDI provides a framework for course design and is not specific to a particular delivery method (such as remote teaching).

What is the CDI?

An intensive program, where you will work in a supportive atmosphere, both individually and collaboratively, to design or re-design a course that you teach or are planning to teach.

Throughout the workshop, participants will acquire a broadened understanding of course design concepts, and will gain skills and tools they can apply to their own course. Ultimately, the goal of the CDI is to support instructors as they work to enhance their students’ learning.

Program goals

Over the three days you will be working to envision your course from a learner’s perspective and design the components of a course plan that can be further developed and used to create a learning centered course syllabus.

By reflecting on your course and engaging with your peers and with the course activities, you will have an opportunity to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Approach the design of your course from a learning centered orientation.
  2. Apply principles of alignment to develop learning outcomes and select assessment methods and learning activities.
  3. Assess various learning activities and technologies for their value in supporting the learning outcomes you have developed and propose how they may be incorporated into your course design.
  4. Engage in peer learning as a means of enhancing your teaching practice and student learning.

Format of the CDI

The CDI is a three-day workshop, typically a Monday, Wednesday and a Friday, giving you two days in-between to independently work on your course design. Additional support is provided to you on the in-between days. The remote offering will follow this schedule, with a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning activities held throughout the three days.

The CDI takes a “flipped” approach to course work, and you will be asked to complete pre-work prior to the first day of the workshop, so that learning done on your own can be further developed in discussion together. You will also be required to continue to work on your course design plans and complete homework prior to each day of the workshop sessions.

Who is it for?

This workshop is for UBC faculty members who have full responsibility for an academic, (for-credit) course. That course can be face-to-face, blended, or online. PhD students and postdoctoral scholars may be eligible to participate provided they have full responsibility for an academic (for-credit) course at UBC.

Non-UBC faculty members are eligible; however, they will be charged a non-refundable participation fee of $600. Please contact the CDI coordinator, Sue Hampton, at, to explore your participation in the CDI.


We offer the Course Design Intensive once a year, in the spring. If you are interested, please click on the link below and fill in an application. Registration for the CDI is a two-part process: after completing an application, please watch your email for a request to complete a survey. You will be notified by email once your survey is received and reviewed.

June 2020 (remote offering)

The remote offering is a 3-day workshop, taking place on these dates:

  • Monday, June 8
  • Wednesday, June 10
  • Friday, June 12

The remote CDI will happen in ‘real-time’, with some of the workshop delivered synchronously through BB Collaborate, and other parts where participants will work on their own (asynchronously).Participants are requested to clear out their schedules for as much as the three days as possible (just as in the face-to-face workshop delivery), in order to progress on their course plans alongside the rest of the cohort.

There will be optional check-ins and small group consultations on Tuesday, June 9 and Thursday, June 11, for those looking for additional support on their course plans; as an example, some participants may desire particular support on designing for an online or remote environment.

Registration deposit

In order to confirm your CDI registration, you will be required to pay a $60 deposit. This deposit is refundable (via direct deposit) and will be returned to you upon successful completion of the workshop. If you have to cancel before the workshop starts or if you are otherwise unable to complete the workshop once it has started, the deposit cannot be refunded or transferred to another date or person. Please note you must attend all face-to-face sessions in their entirety.