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Course Design Institute

The Gwenna Moss Centre is pleased to provide a course design workshop for faculty. Enrolment is limited to 10 participants. The GMCTE will send participants a small packet of resources prior to the start date. Please see below for information about deadlines, application, scheduling, class format, required work-load, and eligibility for a project grant. 

Course Design Institute (CDI) is offered in a blended format consisting of three face-to-face sessions as well as online materials and activities. The face-to-face sessions are held one day each week in the afternoon for three weeks. See the schedule below for more details.

Application Form

Spring CDI Schedule (Applications due February 19, 2016)

March 3

1:30  - 4:30 pm

Gwenna Moss Centre Classroom (Murray 50.12)

March 10

1:30  - 4:30 pm

Murray Room G3 (next to the Murray Library Circulation Desk)

March 17

1:30  - 4:30 pm

Gwenna Moss Centre Classroom (Murray 50.12)

To prepare for each face-to-face session, participants will view online material and complete some activities in advance. Details about online material and activities will be provided on acceptance to CDI. In the sessions, participants will have the chance to work on their courses and discuss session topics with the assistance of members of the GMCTE staff. Participants will also share what they are working on with each other to gain valuable feedback.


  • Attendance at all three sessions.

  • Weekly participation in the online discussion board.

  • Weekly exploration of online videos and other resources.

  • Completion of all assignments, due weekly.

  • A final reflective piece will need to be completed two weeks after the last CDI session.

  • Two additional consultations between the CDI instructors and the participants will be arranged after CDI and prior to the start of the term to check-in on how these courses are proceeding and answer participants questions that have come up since the CDI.

  • A portfolio of the course (syllabus, reflections on how and why decisions were made related to assessments, teaching strategies and the overall process) will need to be completed within one year of completing CDI. 

Project Grant

Course design / re-design projects completed by faculty participants in our Course Design Institute are eligible for a $1000 grant to support the further development and implementation of the newly designed or re-designed course, provided that the following criteria is met:

  • Your dean/department head is in support of the grant (this should be indicated in the appropriate space on the Application Form);
  • Your course must introduce a new significant focus in one or more of the University’s four curricular priority areas: experiential learning, Aboriginal education, internationalization, innovative uses of learning technology;
  • Successful completion of the CDI, with active participation and all requirements met (including submission of the final reflective piece);
  • The course is an approved credit course (courses that do not fall within this category will be considered on a case-by-case basis).

Once the CDI is complete and if all of the above criteria are met, our office will be in contact with you to confirm your eligibility and arrange for the transfer of the grant to the supporting department’s fund. Ideas for how the grant money may be used (but not limited to):

  • evaluation of the course design, 

  • hire a student to assist with designing the course, 

  • hire a TA to assist with piloting the course, 

  • attend conference to report on your course design work, 

  • utilize services through Media Production (eMAP).

Please note that this is not a research grant, and therefore cannot be included on your CV as such. Graduate students are not eligible for this grant.

To learn more about the course design process, visit this page: 

Course Design Process

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