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Resources for Designing Courses

The Assessment Glossary provides a review of common assessment terms and distinguishes their appropriate use.

The American Psychological Association’s (APA) Learner-Centered Psychological Principles is a listing of 14 principles for use in guiding course design.

The Learning Theory in Practice database is an online resource describing common learning domains and theories.

These Problem-Based Learning resources from the University of Delaware include sample problems and a clearinghouse.

Planning Your Course: A Decision Guide.pdf is from L. Dee Fink’s book Creating Significant Learning Experiences (2003) Jossey-Bass: San Francisco and provides a very helpful guide for revising your course to maximize student learning outcomes.

Rethinking University Teaching in a Digital World.pdf, by Diane Laurillard, provides a framework for considering how technologies support effective learning.

The Seven Principles for Good Practice is a frequently cited article by Arthur W. Chickering and Zelda F. Gamson which details results from their review of the research on learning.

The Teaching Goals Inventory is an online resource developed by Thomas A. Angelo and K. Patricia Cross and is from their book Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers (1993) Jossey-Bass: San Francisco. It remains a useful resource for reflecting on student learning outcomes at the course-level.

VARK: A Guide to Learning Styles is an online resource developed by Neil Flemming that can assist faculty in accounting for students’ various learning styles.


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