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    Syllabus & Course Design

    Course and Syllabus Design for Learning That Lasts


    This worksheet is adapted from a CTE workshop. It uses two frameworks:
    A. Backward Design (Wiggins & McTighe)
    B. Taxonomy of Significant Learning (Fink)

    Course Design Steps
    A. Identify desired results: Start with the end in mind
    B. Use the Taxonomy of Significant Learning to analyze these examples
    C. Use the Taxonomy of Significant Learning to analyze and revise the learning goals on your own syllabus.
    D. Plan evidence of learning & feedback to students
    E. Carefully select learning experiences, tools and instruction
    F. Now, write or update the syllabus

    A. Course Design Worksheet
    B. Syllabus Checklist
    C. Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching
    D. Developing Your Syllabus and Career

    Syllabus Checklist

    This document provides a checklist to be sure all the important information appears on your syllabus.

    Click Here

    Other Resources

    Creative Approaches to the Syllabus: Click Here

    Fink, L. D. (2005a). A self-directed guide to designing courses for significant learning: Click Here

    Fink, L. D. (2005) Integrated course design. Idea Paper, 42: Click Here

    Syllabus Design, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan: Click Here 

    Universal design in college instruction, Teaching Effectiveness Program, University of Oregon: Click Here

    What is an Effective Syllabus, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Minnesota: Click Here