Engineering Summer Course Design Institute

26 April 2021 - 9:00am to 30 April 2021 - 4:00pm
Kensington Campus

The Engineering Course Design Institute is designed to guide participants through the instructional design and redesign process. The program begins with an intensive, five-day institute followed by optional on-demand consultations with the Faculty educational designers. Financial support for further development of the course may also be available through your school. The institute will provide participants with the skills, knowledge, and support necessary to foster a learner-centred environment. 

During the Course Design Institute, a team of peer facilitators will assist participants in the principles, methods, and strategies of backward design and course alignment. Each phase of the facilitation process is designed to model diverse pedagogical principles, including learner-centred teaching and active-learning techniques. Participants are placed in a small-group learning community for the duration of the institute, allowing for rich exchange and collaboration among peers.

At the completion of this institute, participants will be able to:

  • Formulate significant measurable learning objectives;
  • Develop formative and summative assessments i.e. an assessment plan that maps to learning objectives;
  • Integrate evidence-based pedagogies and technologies i.e. learning activities, instructional materials and resources, that support the course learning objectives;
  • Develop content appropriate to the course learning objectives

Participants will leave the institute with at least one developed learning unit, complete with learning outcomes, assessment, activities and resources – as well as a plan for the rest of the course. 

See what participants in the 2018 Course Design Institute have to say about it. 

Institute Details:

When: 26-30 April 2021 AND 18-22 October 2021
Where: UNSW Kensington Campus (or online if necessary)
Who: Course convenors who are interested in (re)designing a course and who are open to learner-centred approaches to course design are invited to apply. Up to thirty individuals will be selected.​​

Applications are now open. You can apply by completing this form​ before 24 February (April offering) or 15 August (October offering).
More information is available on the Engineering Intranet: (requires UNSW sign-in)