Instructors typically approach course design in a “forward design” manner, meaning lessons and learning activities are planned, assessments are developed around those lessons and activities, then an attempt is made to draw connections to the learning goals of the course. In contrast, the backward design approach is focused primarily on the outputs of the instruction as evidenced in student work that is driven by assessment strategies.
In this two-part series, Backward Design and Assessment Strategies Parts 1 & 2, faculty will focus on this three-step model of planning which leads to transparent and explicit instruction:
Identify desired outcomes of a course and create specific learning goals.
Determine how the learning goals will be assessed.
Plan every piece of instruction with a focus on the six facets of understanding to enrich student learning
Registration is required and limited to 20 participants.