Every Decision you make in designing your online course should extend from the learning objectives you have designed for your course. Develop those objectives first, and then figure out which technological tools will help you and your students meet them. -- Flower Darby, Small Teaching.
Designing with intention by centering our educational purpose is freeing because we don't have to learn about every single pedagogy or every single tech tool, and we don't have to cover all of the content we think we need to cover. We can choose the things that serve us, and leave that which does not. We get down to essentials. Wiggins and McTighe would call this getting down to the enduring understandings and essential questions, things which we want students to remember and to be able to know and do years after they are finished with their education. By starting at the end, and working backwards, we can design a course that produces transferable knowledge and understanding through inquiry and application.
What you’ll need as you work through this section:
- A pen and paper or a blank document you can take notes with on your computer
- Or you can download the How Workbook
What you'll learn about in this section:
- Course Design
- Backward Design
- Other Design Considerations
- Choosing Technology and Teaching Modalities
- Critical Digital Pedagogy
- Open Education/Pedagogy
- Trauma Informed / Healing Centered Pedagogy
- Inclusive Pedagogy