UbD is the Ultimate Learning Technology

This is a pretty dense, fiber-full article about backward learning design by one of my instructional design heroes, Michael Feldstein. It introduces the concept of Backwards Design (part of Understanding by Design, which he also introduces). Most importantly, it makes the case that designing course strictly aligned with learning outcomes enables us to collect data programmatically, scalably, so we can make timely interventions that result in better student learning overall.

His point is that most of the educational technology we’ve adopted hasn’t moved the needle because it hasn’t made it any easier to identify gaps in student learning and fill them in time. This approach is the foundation for allowing that to happen. It’s the first of a series, so check it out and stay tuned for where he goes next!

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