Course Design and Syllabus Workshop

When and Where

Friday, February 03, 2023 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
LI301 and online
Lillian Massey
125 Queen's Park, 3rd floor


Michal Kasprzak


Facilitated by Dr. Michal Kasprzak, a professional course developer and the Assistant Director of U of T’s Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation, the CMS Course Design and Syllabus Workshop is open to all interested students and faculty.

Students who are teaching or will teach a stand-alone course are encouraged to attend, as are students seeking to develop a teaching portfolio for the job market. P3 students are especially encouraged to participate in the Workshop as a support for work on the syllabi required for their SFEs.

Combining online modules and two in-person sessions, the Workshop will provide 7 hours of training on developing a new course from concept to syllabus.


Online Modules

Registered participants must complete 5 asynchronous modules (total time: ~3 hours) on course design via Quercus prior to the workshop.

Completion deadline: February 3
Self Enrolment Link:

February 3 - Workshop (Part 1)

The workshop will build on the foundation of the Quercus modules, exploring truths and myths of syllabi (1 hour) and teaching engagement as conceptualized in syllabi (1 hour). The workshop will also address questions raised by the modules, facilitated by Dr. Kasprzak. 
Meeting ID: 883 8807 1481 
Passcode: 918006

February 3-March 17 - Draft Syllabi

Student participants will conceive and devise their course syllabi and discuss desiderata for supports. Options include: Quercus chatboard, in-person meetings hosted by the PhD Coordinator/faculty participants, informal peer-reviewing, etc. Student and faculty participant suggestions are most welcome!

March 17 - Workshop (Part 2)

The second workshop will focus on peer-review exercises of draft syllabi.



-7 hours of instruction in course and syllabus design by an experienced course designer
-syllabus drafts



Should you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Jenny Purtle, PhD Coordinator (  


Contact Information


125 Queen's Park, 3rd floor