Moving Forward Using Backward Course Design: Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Instructional Approaches

How will you approach planning or designing your next course? Many STEM instructors follow a common path—select a textbook, identify the chapters to be covered, develop lectures, and finally, create exams. The 2017-2018 Teaching Essentials Workshop Series will provide the skills and knowledge needed to try a different, more deliberate approach called Backward Design. Backward Design is a framework that emphasizes alignment of learning outcomes, assessments, and instructional activities.

Backward Design Triangle

Fall semester workshops will focus on developing learning outcomes and assessments. Participants will consider what students should be able to know, understand, and do after completing a course. They will also be introduced to the fundamental principles that guide assessment of student learning and will have the opportunity to develop new assessments.

Spring semester workshops will introduce a variety of instructional approaches designed to help students achieve learning outcomes. Participants will consider which approaches best align with their learning outcomes and the associated assessments. Finally, the series will culminate with a workshop focused on using assessment results to guide changes in instructional and practices.

Design with the End in Mind: Using Learning Outcomes for Curriculum Development

James Lucas
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
11:15 - 1:00 (Lunch at 11:15, program starts at 11:30)
1400 Biomedical and Physical Sciences
Lunch Provided
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Knowing What Students Know: The Roles of Assessment in Instructional Design

Mark Urban-Lurain
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
11:15 - 1:00 (Lunch at 11:15, program starts at 11:30)
Lunch Provided
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Putting It All Together: Learning Outcomes and Assessments that Blend Core Ideas with Science and Engineering Practices

Cori Fata-Hartley, Melanie Cooper, Diane Ebert-May, Becky Matz, Lynmarie Posey, Ryan Sweeder, and Jon Stoltzfus
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
11:15 - 1:00 (Lunch at 11:15, program starts at 11:30)
Lunch Provided
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