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

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CHAPTER FOUR

DESIGNING SIGNIFICANT LEARNING EXPERIENCES II

Shaping the Learning Experience

This chapter continues the process of designing significant learning experiences for students. Once you have carefully analyzed the situational factors, identified significant learning goals, and formulated educative feedback and assessment procedures, you have the basic components in place. But you still have some essential work left to do in the initial phase of the design process: you need to decide what teaching and learning activities to use and to make sure the main component parts of your course are properly integrated.

The second half of this chapter addresses the intermediate and final phases of the design process shown in Exhibit 3.1. The intermediate phase covers the tasks of developing a differentiated course structure, selecting an effective instructional strategy, and then combining these into an overall scheme of learning activities for the whole course. The final phase completes the design process by setting up the grading system, debugging the design, writing the course syllabus, and planning an evaluation of the course.

Initial Phase, Continued

The remaining efforts in the initial phase are particularly important. To a major extent, they shape the nature and quality of the students’ learning experience so it’s necessary to give them as much attention as was given to the preceding components of the course.

Step Four: Select Effective Teaching and Learning Activities

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