The Advantages of Doing Course Alignment Exercise

Five Design Principles

Meyers and Nulty (2009) identify five design principles that are key to effective course design in higher education. They require teaching and learning materials and experiences that:

  • are authentic and relevant;
  • are constructive, sequential, and scaffolded;
  • require students to engage in higher-order thinking;
  • are aligned with each other and the course outcomes;
  • are challenging, interesting, and provide motivation to learn.

The Process of Course Alignment

A course alignment exercise follows a sequential process:

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Flowchart illustrating the process of course alignment

The next section will:

  • provide an opportunity to reflect and evaluate your learning.