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Course Design Institute

Reimagining Learning with Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Program Description

This two-day Course Design Institute (CDI), offered jointly by the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) and the Centre for Faculty Development (CFD) in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, introduces frameworks and practical strategies to offer more inclusive, accessible, and flexible learning opportunities to your students using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Facilitation and Format

The CDI will take place in person and will be facilitated by a team of experienced educational developers from CTSI and the CFD in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine.

Over two days, participants will work individually, in pairs and in small groups to complete a range of tasks, using a combination of hard copy and digital materials as well as online resources. Participants will explore overarching design principles and the UDL framework on Day 1 and on Day 2 will be able to choose between working on an entire course design (i.e. a map of all essential course elements) or focusing on a specific aspect of the course (i.e. an individual assessment or teaching intervention). In preparation for the Institute, participants will also be asked to complete some pre-work that will be explored on the first day.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the two-day CDI, you will be able to: 

  • use reflective practices to identify and consider positionality, values and situational factors that inform your teaching practice and teaching spaces, as well as student learning and engagement;  
  • engage in course design through the lenses of anti-racist and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles and practices to respond to diversity, eliminate barriers to student learning, and integrate flexibility and care; 
  • develop, map and align course elements—including measurable learning outcomes, flexible and learning-centred assessments and effective teaching activities and supports—for new or existing courses;  
  • create an action plan to respond to and troubleshoot potential barriers and challenges associated with your course design/redesign.   

Time Commitment and Engagement

We require that every participant commit to attending both days of the CDI. The materials and associated learnings are cumulative and iterative and build over the two days. Participating in both days will help develop a sense of community as we collectively engage in work and conversation about how to reimagine student learning at the University of Toronto.  

Participants can expect to spend about 1-2 hours on the pre-work reflection. On each of the two days, in-person programming will begin at 9am and finish at 4pm. Lunch will be provided both days. 

Registration Details

Prerequisites: None

Who should register: Open to Faculty at the University of Toronto. The CDI is designed for those with post-secondary teaching experience, who are looking to reflect on their current course design practices to enhance inclusivity and accessibility.

Format: In Person

Program length:
Two day course. On each of the two days, in-person programming will begin at 9am and finish at 4pm. Lunch will be provided both days. 

Upcoming Dates: May 8 & May 9, 2024

Certificate: N/A

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FAQs

Q. How do I create and/or activate my account to log into the site?

A. To create a CFD user account please click here. If you have already created an account, click here to log in. Please note you will be required to set up a new account and password for our new website. We will connect your account with your previous CFD event records.

Q. Is there a cost to attend your programs?

A. There is a cost to participate in some of our programs. The cost of each of our programs varies and in some cases, the cost varies depending on your status with the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto and/or in which hospital you work as well as whether or not you have an annual CFD Membership.

Q.I do not have a faculty appointment in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Can I still attend your workshops, programs and/or events? Is there a fee?

A. Anyone whose education activities include teaching, leading, scholarship and advocacy are welcome to attend our workshops, programs and/or events. Specific pre-requisite criteria may apply. Please refer to each workshop, program or event page for details. All fees and discounts (where applicable) can be found in the workshop, program and event pages.

Q.I am interested in having one of your workshops offered at my home site/department. Do you offer this type of service?

A. Please contact us for further information.  The availability of this service is dependent on the resources and capacity of the CFD at the time the request is made.

Q: Is having a CFD Membership the same as having a CFD account?

A: No, a CFD Membership is not the same as a CFD account. However, in order to complete your CFD Membership registration you will be prompted to create a CFD account if you do not already have one. To register for a CFD General Membership and create your account click here.

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Our Programs

The CFD offers a number of exceptional programs to meet current and emerging faculty development needs across the health system. View the full listing of CFD’s programs to determine which may best meet your interests and needs.

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30 Bond Street, Toronto, ON, M5B 1W8

cfd@unityhealth.to

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