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Getting Started with Backward Design: Meaningful and Measurable Learning Outcomes

This Magna Online Seminar discusses the purpose and best practices of course outcome design while identifying and refining the course outcomes in your own program, course, or unit.

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Learning outcomes and objectives are the first step in backwards design.

As such they hold the primary spot in the course development process. Faculty engaged in course or program development who are ill-equipped to design meaningful and measurable outcomes face the prospect of a poorly designed course and less than meaningful learning experiences for students. In addition, when outcomes and objectives are mandated by an institution and those outcomes are not meaningful and measurable, faculty can address this lack by designing module objectives that are meaningful and measurable. The process of developing learning outcomes that actively engage learners in a way that clearly describe what learners will learn and be able to do includes design principles to guide course authors.

The use of backward design provides for more relevant and meaningful learning experiences; ensures that the required course outcomes are met; and prepares learners to perform successfully on their final assessment. One starts with the end—the desired results (goals or standards)—and then derives the curriculum from the evidence of learning (performances) called for by the standard and the teaching needed to equip students to perform (Wiggins & McTighe, 2000).

What are the learning goals?

Upon completion of this seminar, you’ll be able to:

  • Discuss the purpose and best practices of course outcome design
  • Identify and refine the course outcomes in your own program, course, or unit
  • Summarize the parts of the outcomes design process

Here’s what we’ll cover!

Pre-Design Phase:

  • Conduct a Needs Assessment

Design Phase:

  • Using Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy to Construct Objectives
  • Characteristic of Well-Designed Learning Objectives

Post-Design Phase:

  • Create a Course Map
  • Propose Curriculum Design/Revision to Relevant Governing Bodies
  • Program and Course Evaluation

Who should attend?

This seminar will benefit:

  • Faculty
  • Curriculum and instruction supervisors and/or directors
  • Academic deans
  • Department chairs
  • Faculty development staff
  • Assessment offices and leaders
  • Accreditation leaders
  • Online learning faculty and directors

What’s included?

Your seminar registration includes the following:

  • On-demand access
  • Downloadable PowerPoint presentations from the speaker
  • Written transcript
  • Supplemental materials
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

There is no limit to how many times the seminar is accessed while available on-demand.

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Product Code: PC19OA

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With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License, registrants are granted a license to download the program contents to a password-protected network, server, or website for additional staff use. You will receive information on downloading the contents of the program within 3-5 business days after payment has been received by Magna.

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*On-demand access begins on date of purchase.

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you may cancel the order within 30 days of purchase and receive a full refund.

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