Tying objectives to modules, topics, activities and discussions…after the fact…represents “Bottom-up” course design.
What you need to implement to save time and increase success measures is “Top-down” course design. Such a strategy would…
- Ensure that students’ learning experiences relate to Specific Objectives
- Ensure that all Specific Objectives receive priority and focus during the semester
- Require you to connect learning activities to objectives before assignments could be published
- Require you to assess individual students’ progress towards mastery of each objective
- Flag for attention and prompt teaching and learning changes in your course delivery when student performance lags
Top-down planning matches professional project management “Best Practices.” Think of each course as a “Project.”
Top-down planning also separates Specific Learning Objectives from grades…and requires “Evidence-Based” performance standards.
Build every course from a Specific Learning Objectives framework, and filter every lecture, assignment and activity to ensure a direct connection to course SLOs.