About the CDI

What is the Course Design Intensive?

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The Course Design Intensive (CDI) is an intensive program in which participants work, individually and collaboratively, to design or re-design a course they are (or will be) teaching. 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. The focus of the program is on having participants work with the major concepts and questions that need to be considered as they design a course. Ultimately, the goal of the CDI is to support instructors as they work to enhance their students’ learning.

What Will I Learn?

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 to 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.



The CDI is usually held twice a year: once in the fall and once in the spring.

Fall  2019

The CDI will be held the week of December 2 to 6, 2019The mandatory face-to-face sessions are held 9am to 4:30pm on: 

  • Monday, December 2
  • Wednesday, December 4
  • Friday, December 6

Additional support and consultation is offered on Tuesday, Dec. 3 and Thursday, Dec. 5. During these days participants are expected to continue working on their course designs and complete homework. We strongly advise participants to clear as much of their schedule as possible during the week, in order to accomplish their course design goals.

Read more about the CDI program here.

Have questions? Pleaes contact the CDI coordinator, Sue Hampton, at susan.hampton@ubc.ca