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!

10 Principles for Effective Learning

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"Ten Core Principles for Designing Effective Learning Environments: Insights from Brain Research and Pedagogical Theory" (pdf) "provid[es] practical guidance on how to design learning experiences for our new high technology environments," expanding on "ten learning principles [that] illustrate how recent research integrated with traditional principles of pedagogy and instructional design can enrich our understanding of thinking and learning processes."

Backward Design: What Will Students Remember in 20 Years?

Three steps of backward design: 1. Identify desired results. 2. Determine acceptable evidence. 3. Plan learning experiences & instruction.


"What Will Your Students Remember From Your Class in 20 Years?" (post) makes a case for backward design (beginning course planning with the desired end goals in mind) based on feedback from several years of asking faculty a simple question: "Twenty years from now, what do [you] hope students will remember from [y]our courses?"

1. The Faculty Responses

Creating a Course Outline/Syllabus

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Your course outline/syllabus is an essential document for your course.

A. The Syllabus

1. A Contract.

The syllabus is your contract with your students outlining what they can expect from you, from the course, and also communicating what you expect from them.

  • See our syllabus template for suggestions on what to include in your syllabus and tips on making your syllabus accessible. 

2. Learning Outcomes

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