A Question to Help Faculty Think Backwards in Terms of Course Design

When designing curriculum for the future, think backwards?

Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, James Lang from Assumption College believes there is a single question to ask faculty to make them more conscious of their curriculum design. And it is: “Twenty years from now, what do you hope students will remember from your course?”

This question gets to the heart of backward design, an instructional design approach that starts with desired outcomes, and works backwards into creating the course content.

Answers to this question commonly include a sense of passion and discipline for the subject, and a big-picture understanding of how the subject matter applies to other realms.

The takeaway? As we seek to develop degree programs and courses aimed at helping students better their lives, how do we think more broadly about their future lives when creating courses designed to help create people who will thrive.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.