(Re)designing a course

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Coordinator registrations
23 and 30 August 2022
Online start: 11 July 2022
09:00 17:00 Gresnigt, Marca 16 / 24 Registration ended at 24/06/2022
14 and 21 October 2022
Online start: 12 September 2022
09:00 17:00 Köhler, Roos 14 / 24 Apply
9 and 17 March 2023
Online start: 6 February
09:00 17:00 Köhler, Roos 3 / 36 Apply
16 and 23 June 2023
Online start: 15 May
09:00 17:00 Mirck, Sanne 2 / 36 Apply
22 and 29 August 2023
Online start: 10 July
09:00 17:00 Gresnigt, Marca 0 / 36 Apply

Course description

Schedule & content

Admission Assignment
(1-4 hours)

Pre class:
Online Modules Brightspace
(8 - 10 hours)

Day 1
(8 hours)

Portfolio assignment Brightspace
 (1-4 hours)

Day 2
(8 hours)

You will receive this assignmnent about 8 weeks before the first course day

You will get access about 5 weeks before the first course day


Location = WICC



Location = WICC


Educational context




Learning outcomes




Teaching and learning activities


Information processing and learning strategies


The big picture



                Optional materials

Target group

This course is designed for teachers at Wageningen University who are involved in designing* or redesigning (parts of) a course. The course is designed for both lecturers getting started with course design** and for more experienced lecturers who want to refresh or focus on a specific part of their course design. The course is mandatory for teaching in the UTQ programme.

* While it is certainly possible to work on the design of a new course, there are two things to consider:

  1. Preparation for the course will take you more time (with a redesign you will analyse existing materials in the preparation, but for a design you still need to develop the material)
  2. To be able to make the most of this course you do need a basic framework for the course you are designing. Eg: who are your students, in which study programme, which year of the programme, what is their prior knowledge, what is the level of the course, etc.

** When you get started with course design, the course will be most effective when you do have experience teaching at Wageningen University


1. You can join the course when you are in the UTQ, when you are already UTQ certified or when you are an experienced teacher.
2. You do need to be actively involved in (part of) the course that you will be designing.


After successful completion of the online modules you will be able to: 

  • Recognize situational factors that influence course design. 
  • Explain the importance of constructive alignment in the process of (re)designing a course. 
  • Identify domains and levels of learning outcomes, based on Bloom's (revised) taxonomy. 
  • Recognize effective learning strategies that are applied in a course design. 
  • Identify which functions and features are desirable for the big picture of a particular course. 
  • Apply design formats and guidelines, such as guidelines for writing and using learning outcomes and the assessment strategy matrix, when (re)designing a course. 
  • Formulate objectives and scope for the (re)design of your course. 

After successful completion of the class meetings you will be able to: 

  • Plan effective feedback activities to guarantee learning throughout the course. 
  • Formulate specific and measurable learning outcomes that match your intentions with the course and its place in the study programme.
  • Argue how to best integrate effective learning strategies in your course design, based on insights from the information processing model.  
  • Apply the three elements of constructive alignment in your course design through developing a storyboard. 


Admission assignment and online modules

The admission assignment and online modules will help you analyse your course and acquire the basic knowledge needed for the inspiration and creation day.

If you would already like to start with the admission assignment, you can find the instructions on the UTQ intranet page.

The online modules take about 8-10 hours to complete, asuming you are already familiar with the course you are redesigning. This means you have approximately an hour per module. Some will take a bit less, others a bit more. Since knowledge clips have a large information density, we assume that you'll have to watch them twice to process all the information.

If you are designing a new course you will need up to 20 hours, depending on how elaborate the outline of the new course is.

Class meetings

The two class meetings will be hands-on training days where you can work on the design of your own course. You will be guided by our assignments and we provide formats and materials for inspiration. There will be a few mini-lectures with more in depth theory and a lot of room to exchange ideas with fellow participants.

UTQ portfolio

After completing the first training day we offer a post-class assignment that enablesyou to translate everything you learned into a sub-chapter for your UTQ portfolio. After the second training day you can complete your portfolio chapter for the sub-competence 'Design'. You can find more information and sign up for feedback in our UTQ Portfolio writing Brightspace.


Can be found on Brightspace.
Once you register for the course, you will get access to at least 3 weeks before the scheduled course days. If you are not participating in the course and/or want a preview please sent a mail to marca.gresnigt@wur.nl.


You will be awarded your certificate at the end of the course.


Participation is free for Wageningen University & Research staff involved in teaching WU courses.


We consider registration as final. When cancelled within three weeks before the activity starts, your chair group will be charged all costs of your subscription (€350,-).

If there are not enough participants in the course, Education Support Centre may cancel the course and notify you at the latest 2 weeks before the start of the course.