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Session B3

6th Annual CNM Conference on Teaching and Learning

Backward Design: Planning a Course from the Ground Up

Soledad Garcia-King (UNM Valencia Campus); Elaine W. Clark (UNM Valencia Campus) 

Sandia II, 1:00-2:15

When many people think about course design, the first thing they often do is ask publishers for review copies of existing textbooks, then plan the course around the table of contents.  Others have an abundance of excellent learning activities that they will cobble together into a course, with some supporting content to transition the students between activities.  The assessment of learning and documentation of what students should learn in the class are often after-thoughts or necessary evils foisted on faculty from those "assessment people."  In this workshop we discuss how first determining your learning objectives and designing assessments to measure them can actually help you build a better course. By the end of this session attendees will create a SMART learning objective for one of their courses and align assessments and activities to that learning objective. The intended audience for this workshop is all faculty. 

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