Looking at the UbD concept as part of my work, I have been giving serious thought to the very first stage in the backward design process. This is about establishing goals in other words, setting out goals that read something like…
On completion of this course, students should be able to:
But, how easy is that for most educators to do?
Now I am not talking about prescribed schemes of work or programs of study here. I am talking about an educator at any level being able to sit down and say exactly what they want students to be able to do having studied a course that has been designed for them.
I challenge you to sit down and do this for your next course or a course you are currently teaching particularly one that does not have a program of study, prescribed syllabus and/or set goals already given to you. Or, if all your courses already have established goals set, do it for a course you would like to teach or for a different age/ability group. Get involved in crowdsourcing goals then when you do it, please share:
- What you find is good way to go about it
- How you differentiate between aims and goals
- What you found difficult about the process
I look forward to reading and sharing this.