Documentation:Course Design Intensive/Facilitators Guidebook/CDI Learning Outcomes

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In course design, as with other design practices, form follows function. The function or purpose of a well designed course is to support learning. The form your course design takes will depend on many variables, but the process of identifying the essential understandings at the heart of the course and then aligning learning outcomes, assessment approaches, learning resources and experiences to guide learners toward understanding is the backbone of a well designed course. Learner-centered approaches consider how the course may be experienced from a learner's perspective and plans accordingly.

During the CDI you will be working to envision your course from a learner's perspective and design the components of a course plan that can be further developed and used to create a learning centered course syllabus.

Proposed Learning Outcomes

By reflecting on your course and engaging with your peers and with the course activities, you will have an opportunity to achieve the following outcomes:

1. Approach the design of your course from a learner centered orientation.

2. Apply principles of alignment to develop learning outcomes and to select assessment methods and learning activities.

3. Assess various learning activities and teaching strategies for their value in supporting the learning outcomes you have developed and propose how they may be incorporated into your course design.

4. Engage in peer learning as a means of iterating and refining your course design.

Beyond the outcomes that have been proposed for the course, we hope the "enduring understanding" that will remain with you is that course design both influences and is influenced by learning.