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February 26, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Course (Re)Design


The Course (Re)Design Institute provides Laurier educational staff with an opportunity to apply a set of instructional design principles and tools to a specific course or design project. A learning-centred, best practices approach informs the learning process as participants engage in individual reflection, dialogue with their peers, and design activities.

Each year in the Winter or Spring term, the Centre for Teaching Innovation and Excellence offers a Course (Re)Design Institute (CRDI) to full and part-time faculty. Since its inception in May 2006, more than 90 faculty members, PhD students, and post-doctoral students from a range of disciplines have successfully completed the program.

Check back for information on future offerings.


The Course (Re)Design Institute (CRDI) is based on a model developed at McGill University (Saroyan & Amundsen, 2004 ) and has been adopted by colleges and universities across Canada (Weston et al., 2007 ). The overall intent of the Institute is to provide a venue in which participants can:

apply a set of instructional design principles to a specific project (e.g., course);

develop a common language to discuss teaching, learning, and instructional design;

employ a learning-focused approach to instructional design and teaching;

network and share ideas, challenges, strategies, and questions about teaching, learning and instructional design; and

engage in scholarly and reflective teaching/learning practice.

Click here to be directed to the full CRDI program overview. 

Interested faculty (full-time and CAS), PhD students, and post-doctoral students are invited to register by completing the online registration form. Limited space is available given the hands-on intensive experience provided. Priority will be given to those who can attend all four days and who will be implementing their course in the coming academic year.

When asked what they would tell a faculty colleague about CRDI, participants shared:

"The examples/practice templates were invaluable; the course made me feel more competent and capable. I especially enjoyed the camaraderie and idea-sharing with colleagues." (2015)

"One of the best professional development courses in my lifetime!"

"This workshop gave new ideas and insight, inspired me to develop a new course and gave me more motivation to improve the courses I already teach."

"The program exceeded my expectations. It helped rethinking the students that I teach, the technology I use (or don't use) and its effect on my teaching, the place of my teaching within the broader program/ university context, the support that is available to me through Laurier... and so much more!" (2009)

"I loved the wealth of assessment ideas. I often end up resorting to exams and essays and now I have some really cool ideas from both the materials and participants." (2012) 

Comments and Questions?

Please contact Jeanette McDonald (Manager, Faculty Programming) at 519-884-0710 ext. 3211 or by email at

Please note there is a $40 registration fee for the Course (Re)Design Institute and is required to reserve a spot within the program. In the event of more than 12 applicants, priority will be given based on the criteria outlined under the "Who is accepted?" section. If you cannot attend, the registration fee is refundable up until 5 business days prior to the start of the program.

Related Information Title Type
2016 About the Course(Re)Design Institute Document
2016 Course (Re)Design Program Overview Document