Designing Effective Intended Learning Outcomes

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  • This course is intended for you as new and experienced faculty who are designing or re-designing,  courses for the first time, and who want to ensure their course design is built on solid foundations.
  • If you are to fully engage with the materials, activities and assignments, you can expect to spend between 10-11 hours on this course.
  • The course includes the opportunity, entirely voluntarily, for you to share your draft intended learning outcomes for me to review and provide you with feedback.
  • This course is based on nearly 30 years worth of in-house and invited workshops run across the world with colleagues from tertiary institutions.

A house is only as stable as the foundations that it is built upon. In the same way, the structure of an entire course, its role within its programme, the appropriateness of its assessment and, the suitability of its learning and teaching activities, all rely on well-structured Intended Learning Outcomes (or ILOs for short). Getting the blueprint of a course right at the outset will make a huge difference to both students and faculty. This course provides a solid foundation to enable you to write effective ILOs for your institutional and professional context. In doing so it will offer you a foundation for more meaningful assessment, and better structured and purposeful learning and teaching activities.

Author: Simon Paul Atkinson

30 Years as an academic practitioner, educational developer, educational technologist, e-learning researcher, strategic advisor. Simon is now an Educational Strategst and Consultant. Experienced presenter and workshop facilitator. Formerly the Head of Learning Design at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. Previous roles included Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning (BPP University), Academic Developer (London School of Economics), Director of Teaching and Learning (Massey University - College of Education), Head of Centre for Learning Development (University of Hull), Academic Developer (Open University UK)