(Re)designing a course

Course schedule

This course is not scheduled yet.

Course description

Schedule & content

Admission Assignment
(1-4 hours)

To be accepted for the course, you have to complete and submit this assignment

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

Support and guidance

If at any point during this course you need support or guidance please do not hesitate to contact the course coordinator or send an email to course.design@wur.nl.

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 set up 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 at least the decription used for the Educaton Modificaton Cycle (EMC) Also you need to know the 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 this course you will be able to:

    Explain the relevance of your course and how your course is embedded in the degree programme;
  • Design an aligned 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;
  • Plan effective feedback activities to guarantee learning throughout the course;
  • Identify which functions and features are desirable for the big picture of a particular course;
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of your assessment strategy


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.

The class meetings and online modules are planned in such a way that they optimize your learning experience. There is room for flexibility in planning, please contact the course coordinator to discuss the options.

UTQ portfolio

After completing the first training day we offer a post-class assignment that enables you to translate everything you learned into a draft 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.


Once you register for the course, you will get access to Brightspace at least 3 weeks before the scheduled course days.


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 after the start of the online modules, 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.