New! Connecting the Dots: Alignment throughout Your Course

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Date(s) - 07/09/2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Connie Schroeder

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There are 6 spaces reserved, 14 are still available.

This session is applicable to all course formats: Face-to-face, online, or blended.

This workshop takes place online using Zoom. Shortly after you register, you will receive an email confirmation with a Zoom link to participate. Please join the session 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the workshop to address any potential connection issues. Please have access to your syllabus (and any assignment descriptions) for practice during the workshop.

We carefully select the course content, assignments, assessments, and activities, and state the course learning outcomes upfront and aim for student success. sometimes alignment gets lost. One of the factors that can work against student achievement of each outcome, is a nearly invisible aspect of designing courses – alignment.  It either gets lost in the fine-grained effort to build great assignments or tests, etc., when we change a part of our courses, or it may not be apparent how to make sure alignment takes place.  Alignment between your course outcomes, each assignment and class session or module, activities in class or online, assessments, and how we describe things to students, increases the likelihood that students will get there and recognize how it all fits together.

Do you know if your course is aligned with the course outcomes? How do you tell if a course you inherit is aligned? How do you make this transparent to students throughout the course? They probably won’t connect the “dots” if we haven’t.  In this session you will:

  • examine alignment and misalignment using the simple Alignment Diagnostic Tool
  • align outcomes, assignments, activities, and rubrics
  • cultivate language that makes the alignment clear and useful to student success


Registration is closed for this workshop.