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Backward Design Steps for a TBL Module

Backward Design Steps for a TBL Module (in more detail) Heading link

Using Backward Design is essential to developing a good TBL module. First, we need to consider “what I want the students to be able to do” by the end of the module, then “how will I know they can do it”, then “what opportunities do I need to provide to help them learn and succeed.” Fink’s (2003) work reminds us that we must ensure that these three aspects of course design – Learning Goals, Feedback and Assessment, Teaching and Learning Activities – are well integrated and mutually reinforcing. We need to develop teaching and learning activities that give students the learning opportunities they need to prepare them to show us all they have learned. Here is a quick overview:

  • Develop aims and learning outcomes.
    • Consider situational factors
    • Develop your instructional aims
    • Develop student learning outcomes
  • Design 4S application tasks / activities.
  • Develop readiness assurance test (RAT).
    • Create / select advanced preparation materials
    • Write RAT questions