Course Design

We want to help you design a course that makes your life easier, and encourage student learning. Whether you need support in designing a Canvas course that works for you or learning about designing and teaching virtually, we have everything you need. 

We know that having a clear, well-organized, concise course helps students in their learning and ultimately can help them succeed in your course. Let us help you, so you can best support your students with what they need.

Additional Course Design Support

Course Design Tutorial (Carleton College)

This site provides a step-by-step approach to course planning starting with the development of goals for student learning and moving on to teaching strategies, assessment of student learning, and the syllabus. Many of the examples are drawn from geosciences, but the principles are relevant to all disciplines.

Understanding by Design (Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching)

An overview of Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe's influential book Understanding by Design and links to resources that assist instructors in applying the book's principles in their course planning.  (The full book is available electronically through the U-M library system to authenticated users.)

Designing a Course (BYU Center for Teaching and Learning)

This site offers a brief overview of the course design process that begins with developing significant learning outcomes and then designing engaging learning activities that allow students to engage in a meaningful way with the course content. Adapted from Fink (2003). 

Course Learning Objectives Carnegie Mellon Teaching from Carnegie Mellon's teaching center offers a research basis for the importance of specifying learning objectives.

Teaching Publications

National Teaching and Learning Forum ​(NTLF) is a collection of short essays written by teachers who voice their views and tell about their experiences and practices in the classroom. With our institutional subscription, you can access this publication from any university computer.

Diversity & Democracy ​is a publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Supports academic leaders and educators as they design and reshape their diversity programs.