Effective Lesson Plans (CTE1202)

Friday, September 1, 2023 8:30 am - Wednesday, September 20, 2023 11:30 am EDT (GMT -04:00)

Location: Hybrid (LEARN and in-person)

Facilitator: Brandon Dickson (CTE), Carina Filice (CTE), and Rachel Beaver (CTE),

Workshop description

Planning tutorials, labs, and guest lectures requires careful attention to goals, content, activities, and timing. In this module you'll learn to streamline your lesson preparations and strengthen your teaching. Using a popular model of lesson planning called “BOPPPS,” you’ll learn to design lessons that align learning activities and assessments with learning outcomes. You will analyze examples of successful lesson plans, and you'll begin to develop a lesson plan that is compatible with your teaching context and instructional style.

Time Commitment

Approximately 5 hours.

Workshop delivery

The content and expected effort for this workshop are approximately equivalent to 5 hours total, but spread over a longer timeframe so that you can move at your own pace.

This online workshop consists of:

  • a set of asynchronous, self-paced tasks in LEARN, that must be completed by the due date of Wednesday, September 13 by noon
  • a live in-person session in MC-2036, that takes place on Wednesday, September 20 from 10:00-11:30 a.m.


  • Registration required (if this is your first time using GoSignMeUp, you will need to set up your acccount first)

  • Participants will receive an attendance credit towards the Fundamentals program if they complete all of the required tasks in the module, including all the module activities.
  • Participants who do not complete all module activities by the due date will have their registration in the workshop cancelled, and will need to register again the following month.

Accessing the online module

The Effective Lesson Plans self-paced workshop tasks are located within the Fundamentals of University Teaching course in LEARN.

If you do not yet have access to the Fundamentals course, you will need to self-register for it. Please follow the directions on the Fundamentals self-registration webpage to add the course to your LEARN course list.

Please contact cte-grad@uwaterloo.ca if you experience any issues accessing this course after following the above instructions.


This workshop has limited enrolment spots and often has a waiting list. If you have registered but can't complete the module, please cancel your registration well in advance through the registration system, so that someone else can fill your spot.


The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are visiting, studying, or working at Waterloo. CTE’s online workshops are delivered through either Zoom, WebEx, Microsoft Teams, or Bongo with the audio component available either as captioning or a transcript. CTE’s face-to-face workshops typically involve a mix of presentation and discussion-based activities, and we encourage a scent-free environment. We welcome accompanying assistants, interpreters, and note-takers. If you have questions concerning access, such as parking, building layouts, or obtaining workshop content in alternative formats, or wish to request accommodations for our programming, please let us know by emailing cte@uwaterloo.ca. Please note that some accommodations may require time to arrange.