Course Development and Instructional Design #4

4. (14) Courses are designed so that students develop the necessary knowledge and skills to meet learning objectives at the course and program level. These may include engagement via analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

Not Observed      Insufficient      Moderate Use     Meets Criterion Completely

Each course syllabus lists the program core competencies and the Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) addressed in the course. The syllabus lists the course assignments and each assignment is linked to at least one SLO.

The School’s web site provides program-level views of this information. A mapping of courses to the core competencies is available to assist students and advisers in selecting electives. See also a database-driven listing of the descriptions, prerequisites, SLOs, and competencies for each course.

The School’s Online Teaching Standards and Indicators include specific items on this topic:

  • Assignments and learning activities encourage critical reflection and thoughtful analysis. They require students to demonstrate their ability to locate, critically analyze, and synthesize information and to communicate findings through graduate-level writing and/or oral presentation.
  • The purpose and goal of each assignment or weekly activity is explained and clearly aligned with the course’s learning objectives.

Peer review assessments provide feedback and continual review and progress in this area.

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