Course Design Workshops

Special Topic – Course Design for Intercultural Learning Workshop

Date and time TBA

In today’s diverse classrooms, instructors are frequently called upon to internationalize the curriculum and design learning activities that promote global engagement among students (Bond, Qian, & Huang, 2003; Leask, 2013). In fact, the Western Degree Outcomes identify “global and community engagement” as an important attribute of Western University graduates.

The goal of this workshop is to introduce participants to a set of learning activities and facilitation tools that they will be able to use when they facilitate intercultural, cosmopolitan or global learning in their class. Participants will (1) begin to (re)design a course that promotes global engagement in their discipline; (2) become familiar with intensity factors that may affect student learning in diverse settings (Paige, 1993); and (3) design reflective learning activities and debriefing strategies that will help students articulate what they have learned from intercultural learning experiences.

The workshop will be of particular interest to instructors who are incorporating international perspectives in the curriculum here at home, planning study abroad or international field courses, or designing a course with community engaged learning components where students will be engaged in cross-cultural settings.

*This workshop counts towards the course design component for the Faculty Certificate in Teaching Excellence.


Bond, S., Qian, J., & Huang, J. (2003). The role of faculty in internationalizing the undergraduate curriculum and classroom experience. CBIE Research, 8, 1–19.

Paige, R. M. (1993). On the nature of intercultural experiences and intercultural education. In R. M. Paige (Ed.), Education for the intercultural experience (pp. 1–20). Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press.

Leask, B. (2013). Internationalizing the curriculum in the disciplines: Imagining new possibilities. Journal of Studies in International Education, 17(2), 103-118.

Course Design and Renovation Workshop

Date and time TBA

The purpose of this two-day workshop is to facilitate the design or re-design of a face-to-face, blended or online course that you will be teaching in the upcoming year. By the end of the workshop you will have completed the necessary steps to:

  1. Create a course structure
  2. Identify learning outcomes
  3. Design learning activities to achieve those outcomes
  4. Match the outcomes to methods of assessment

Topics may include:

  • Aligning course, instructional, and assessment goals;
  • Writing effective learning outcomes;
  • Elements of a great course syllabus;
  • Setting course policies;
  • Selecting and incorporating learning activities;
  • Embedding technology to enhance face-to-face instruction;
  • Forms of assessment.

Enrollment in the workshop will be limited to 20 faculty members so that the course goals and topics can be tailored to the needs of the participants.

This program is restricted to faculty and limited duties instructors.