Backward Course Design: Designing Your Course with the End in Mind
In this asynchronous 5-day workshop you will learn how to use learning outcomes to drive the design of your course. The Backward Course Design model helps to promote student success and improve the classroom experience for students and instructors. We will draw on a variety of primary and secondary sources in this workshop, primarily Understanding By Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe. By the end of this workshop, you will have drafted measurable learning goals for your course, and have a draft course design plan including assessments of student learning. This workshop will be particularly useful for instructors who are designing, or re-designing, a course for the first time. This workshop is also useful for instructors looking for strategies to better align their course learning goals to their assessment approaches and learning activities.