Designing Courses for Significant Learning

There are many factors to consider when shaping significant learning environments that use current technologies in addition to motivating and engaging the learner. One step in the process is thoughtful consideration of course design for significant learning. Using Fink’s “A Self-Directed Guide to Designing Courses for Significant Learning”, I was able to develop outlines that identify the learning environment, situational factors and learning goals for my course. My learning goals outline reflects the six major types of significant learning that Fink proposed: foundational knowledge, application, integration, human dimension, caring and learning how to learn. My outlines represent the first 2 steps of the Initial Design Phase, the first major phase of Integrated Course Design. The goals, assessments and learning activities must align in order to have a fully integrated course. Fink’s guide is a valuable resource for developing a fully integrated course that allows for significant learning.

My 5-week online course, Mobile Learning in Higher Ed, is an introduction of mobile learning and is designed as professional development for faculty at Lamar University. My Big Harry Audacious Goal (BHAG) for this course is: Faculty will design and implement learning and assessment activities using mobile learning technology in one of their courses. The BHAG, represented in the learning goals outline, along with the outline itself help guide the design process.

Learning Goals Outline


Learning Goals outline


Bibliography:

Fink, L.D. (2003) A Self-Directed Guide to Designing Courses for Significant Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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Hello! I am currently an eLearning Support Specialist at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. I just completed the Digital Learning and Leading program at Lamar to earn my M. Ed. degree. Thank you for visiting my site!

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6 comments on “Designing Courses for Significant Learning
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  2. […] In the third and fourth weeks, I studied course design and created two course outlines using both Fink’s 3-column table from “A Self-Directed Guide to Designing Courses for Significant Learning” and the […]

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  4. […] to one day become an instructional designer in my division, therefore my experience with UbD and Fink’s 3-column table will be invaluable when creating online classes for significant learning. In closing, I hope […]

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  5. […] to one day become an instructional designer in my division, therefore my experience with UbD and Fink’s 3-column table will be invaluable when creating online classes for significant learning. In closing, I hope […]

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  6. […] Fink’s “A Self-Directed Guide to Designing Courses for Significant Learning” to develop a learning goals outline for the same course. In addition, I published my learning philosophy and discovered the growth […]

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