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Course Alignment

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PEDAGOGICAL DESIGN
Course Alignment

Course Alignment

According to the article "Writing Measurable Outcomes for Students from SOIREE"

Learning outcomes help students (and us!) to know what students will be able to demonstrate in knowledge, skills, and values upon completing a module or course. Clear outcomes provide the foundation for evaluating the effectiveness of teaching and learning. 

There are three essential components of a measurable learning outcome:

  1. Student learning behaviors (verb-based)
  2. Assessment methods
  3. Student performance criteria
To write your learning objectives consider:

What will students know or be able to do at the end of the course – knowledge, skills, thoughts & ideas? (consider Bloom's Taxonomy)

Also, keep active vs. passive learning and their retention rates in mind. While the Learning Pyramid's specific percentages have been debunked, the general gist remains:


Based on the objectives you've outlined and the strategies for teaching you have decided to employ, you'll next want to consider how your outcomes will be measured/achieved. In the well-designed course, the learning objectives serve to guide and direct the other various course components. The selected assessments will measure the learning objectives. Learning activities will promote mastery of the objectives. All these things working together is COURSE ALIGNMENT!



According to QualityMatters, "all critical course components: learning objectives, assessments, activities, instructional resources and materials, learner engagement and interaction, learner support and even course technologies - work together to ensure that students achieve the desired learning outcomes. 

Access these resources in greater detail, and more, from the University of Maryland School of Social work IDEA Knowledgebase!

Also, check out this Course Alignment Worksheet from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Teaching and Learning Center!

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