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Course Alignment

What is course alignment?

Alignment is the connection between learning objectives, learning activities and assessment. An aligned course means that your learning objectives, activities and assessments match up so students learn what you intend and you accurately assess what students are learning.

Course Alignment Tool

Step One (1)
Step Two (2)
Step Three (3)
Step Four (4) 
Objectives-As a result of participating in this (program/course), your (students) will be able to (Action verb): (Make SMART Objectives- S pecific, M easurable, A ttainable/ A chievable,
R elevant, & T ime bound
Current Method for Assessment
Which course artifact (assignment, quiz, exam, survey, rubric, etc.) will you use to assess your student objective?

Course Activities
Identify where students will be introduced to the assessment content (lecture, reading, video, etc.)

What did you find out and what, if any, changes will you make for the future? 

Example Below

1. Objective-Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify the formal elements of art, which apply to the creation, and discussion of an artwork. 2. Assessment Method-Students are asked to take a series of 7 photographs, 1 for each element of art discussed during week three.  3. Course Activity-During week three of the course, I will discuss the formal elements of art, including color, form, line, shape, space, texture, and value.  4. Notes-The majority of the students were not able to demonstrate texture; I will spend more time discussing in class and perhaps provide examples. 

Prepared by: Catherine Scott, Assistant Director for Faculty Development - Testing, Assessment, & Evaluation, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)

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