Design Effective Learning (DEL)

Much contemporary research on course design advocates an outcome-based approach whereby the first step of the course design process is to consider what the students will be able to do at the end of a course/program. This stems from a learner-centred pedagogy – the focus is on student learning, rather than teacher-action, which is more concerned with what the teacher wants to teach. Learning outcomes are what the students should be able to do at the end of a course, so we call the process of designing from this perspective ‘backwards design.’ This course requires participants to consider key principles and apply them to an evaluation of a particular course that they teach. They will use 6 ‘lenses’ which we call elements and apply these to a course to scrutinize the quality of that course, and make recommendations for any re-design required.

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