When designing a new course or planning a fresh lesson, staring at a blank page or screen can be overwhelming and discouraging. The pages in “Designing the Learning Experience” provide frameworks for thinking about a course, a lesson, or student learning objectives. Use them as a jumping off point, a progress check, or a review tool to help move you forward on developing courses that are based on solid educational foundations.

  • Bloom’s Taxonomy: Structure student learning objectives using a framework that is an important foundation of instructional design.
  • Chickering and Gamson: Apply fundamental educational principles to courses through the lens of The Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education.
  • Gagne’s 9 Events of Instruction: Organize instruction around a famous information processing model and browse tips for incorporating each mental event into a lesson plan.

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For ideas about how to incorporate these theories into your own teaching, you may request assistance from the Center for Instructional Technology and Training.