Course outlines, analysis and alignment of outcomes
Every course should be founded on sound pedagogy. I love Wiggins and McTighe’s Backward design which structures a course on a macro level. Steven Covey’s habit of “Begin with the end in mind” provides the very best starting point. Once you know what you want students to achieve within an organisation’s goals you can then design the final assessment offering which in turn prescribes how content can be structured and presented.
Example of course analysis
Courses are made up of subsections called modules or units. Each of these need to be structured so that learning objectives dictate what and how content will be delivered and evaluated. Further to this however each unit must reflect good teaching practice. Gagne’s Nine Events provide an easy template for micro level lesson development. The events or steps ensure sound delivery.
Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction
1. Gain attention
2. Inform learners of objectives
3. Stimulate recall of prior learning
4. Present the content
5. Provide “learning guidance”
6. Elicit performance (practice)
7. Provide feedback
8. Assess performance
9. Enhance retention and transfer to the job