An interesting article in the chronicle about backward design

In an article that appeared in the Chronicle this summer, Mark Sample writes about using backward design to plan a class about science fiction. He recommends using Understanding by Design by Wiggins & McTighe – a book that I read this summer and am attempting to use to design our new GC1Y course: "Chemistry and Climate". I’ve found the book has many templates that provide useful structure for the course-design process.

As an aside, I recently learned the appropriate grammar from some lovely friends in education. It is backward design NOT backwards design. Just thought I’d pass that little nugget on.


About Dr. J. Metzker

I believe in the power of a liberal education to transform individuals and society. I am currently the Executive Director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence. Formerly, I led a community engagement initiative and held a full professorship in chemistry at a public liberal arts university. I am a proud product of The Evergreen State College.
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2 Responses to An interesting article in the chronicle about backward design

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