The purpose of the course design training
To train faculty members in the Understanding by Design (McTighe and Wiggins) method of course design. The UbD method is characterized by four overarching principles:
- A primary goal of education is the development and deepening of student understanding of important ideas.
- Evidence of student understanding is revealed through assessments of studentproductsandperformancesviasix“facets”ofunderstanding.
- Effectivecurriculum development reflects a 3-stage “backward design” process in which lesson and activity design is shaped by the demands of the goals and assessments.
- The use of “design standards” leads to improved quality in curriculum and assessment designs.