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Creating Significant Learning Experiences, Revised and Updated by L. Dee Fink

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APPENDIX B

SUGGESTED READINGS

Faculty members often come up to me after my workshops and ask for a list of additional readings on specific aspects of significant learning, course design, or college teaching in general. This list is my response to that request. Although obviously not all-inclusive, it is at least one person’s guide to readings that offer valuable ideas on specific aspects of teaching, including several of the themes in this book:

  • Course design in general
  • Frameworks for formulating learning goals
  • Assessing student learning
  • Creating learning activities
  • Teaching with technology
  • Using small groups
  • Compendia of good ideas on college teaching

Course Design in General

The first two books listed here also provide a learning-centered approach to the topic of designing learning experiences. Wiggins and McTighe uses the language of backward design and Biggs and Tang use constructive alignment. They all mean the same as what I mean by integrated course design.

Wiggins, G., and McTighe, J. 2005. Understanding by Design, 2nd ed. Alexandria, Va.: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Although aimed primarily at public school teachers, this book offers a model of design based on the same principles as the one in this book. The authors urge teachers to develop a good set of learning goals and then design that quality into the learning experience. They are also the creators of the phrase backward design.

Biggs, J., and Tang, C. 2011. Teaching for Quality Learning ...

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