Curriculum Design

Curriculum Design

The Instructional Development team helps faculty, instructors, and graduate students with their pedagogical needs through individual consultations, group workshops, online courses, and university-wide events.

We offer

  • Assistance with course (re)design, learning outcomes development, in-course assessments, blending/flipping the classroom, gamification, and teaching/class-management challenges
  • Help finding, using, adapting, and creating open educational resources (OERs)
  • Support for indigenizing and internationalizing the curriculum
  • Online self-instructional units for skills/knowledge development (e.g. Copyright 101, How to Teach Online 101)
  • Links to useful faculty resources

Contact us to see how we can help you!

Community Service Learning

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"Community Service Learning (CSL) Program: Professor's Handbook" (pdf) introduces CSL as it is practiced at the University of Ottawa, explaining what CSL is, how it can fit into a course, how to evaluate student performance, how to define learning objectives, and how an instructor/class might participate.

It also includes the following "Sample syllabi from University of Ottawa Courses" and "Sample Placements":

Digital Labs & Simulations 101

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A. "Digital Labs and Simulations" (web page) introduces these online tools, explains what they are, when they are useful, and what features make them useful.

  • "Digital labs and simulations have been developed in many scientific disciplines, from physics to biology, from chemistry to earth sciences, and are sometimes intended to replace labs and other times intended to supplement face-to-face instruction."
  • "Collections of these digital labs and simulations can be found at many sites."

1. What Are They?

PBL Clearinghouse: Ready-to-Use Problems

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"PBL Clearinghouse" (web page): "The Problem-Based Learning Clearinghouse is a collection of problems and articles to assist educators in using problem-based learning" (PBL@UD).

  • The growing and searchable clearinghouse currently hosts 115 ready-to-use problems in Google Doc files with student handouts and instructor notes: "The file[s] [are] yours to use and adapt."

Current subjects include the following: