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​ ​​​​​​​​If you're having a recurring problem in teaching a course, it could be solved by taking an intentional approach to the design of your course. There are many approaches that can be used to design or redesign a course. It's easy to becomebackwards design process confused or overwhelmed, unsure of what direction to take and what advice you should follow. To help guide you down a clear path, CAFÉ offers practical online resources, personalized assistance, and a summer Course Design Institute. 

2​4/7 Resources

Quick Guide to Course Design​

Aligning Course Learning Outcomes with Program Outcomes​

Design Process for Maximizing the 4th Credit Hour​

​Compressed Courses​

Dee Fink Course Design worksheet​ based on Creating Significa​nt Learning Experiences​

Course Design Techniques for General Education Learning Community Courses​

Course Workload Calculator​

Personalized Assist​ance

CAFÉ provides individual and personalized assistance through the course design process. To get started, contact the CAFÉ Director, Dr. Laura Lohman, at

CAFE's Course Design Institute

CAFÉ's innovative Course Design Institute guides Queens faculty members through the process of designing or redesigning a course they will teach during the upcoming academic year. Unlike other course design institutes, this institute synthesizes key aspects of two highly regarded design texts in a logical progression in a way that responds to key elements of Queens curriculum. In addition to providing faculty practical tools for thinking through the alignment of learning outcomes, assessment, and learning activities in relation to discipline-specific knowledge and practices, institute sessions dedicate ample attention to learner analysis, the concept of significant learning, motivation, and metacognition as relevant to teaching and learning at Queens. Time in between sessions and after the institute can be used to tailor implementation to the level, subject, and modality of the target course by drawing on a variety of campus resources and develop a final course schedule and syllabus. All Queens faculty, including adjunct faculty, are welcome to apply. 

What did past participants say about the Course Design Institute?

"Brilliantly designed to go both deep and wide. This course is a must-have for any/all faculty no matter their level of expertise."

"[You will] learn things that every instructor should know but have never been taught."

"Even as a seasoned instructor I realized how many things I was doing out of habit. It forced me to look back on each decision and decide what was effective, not effective (and why). It has reinvigorated me in many ways and I now look forward to teaching my course in a new way. I think I learned strategies that will help me develop stronger relationships with students by focusing on motivating strategies and not finding myself frustrated with what they are not doing. Rather, I feel I now have the skills to identify what they do not know (or are likely not going to be doing) in a proactive manner so that I can teach those skills effectively."

​​You can learn more about what distinguishes CAFÉ's Course Design Institute​ in the proceedings of the 2019 International Convention of the ​Association for Educational Communications and Technology.​

Before applying, please ensure that you will be able to attend all 4 in-person sessions held on the Queens campus:

Tuesday, May 5, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Tuesday, May 12, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Tuesday, May 19, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Tuesday, May 26, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Participants will be guided to work on key steps of course design in between these weekly sessions. Lunch during the sessions and stipends of $500 for participation and completion will be provided, along with access to course design texts and resources.​​

Apply by April 1 through the button below:


Laura Lohman

Laura Lohman, PhD, SHRM-SCP, CAAP, PMP

Director, Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence

Professor of Music

(704) 337-2547