Alignment

The Alignment Chart below is used to map the proper sequence and scope of objectives, assessment, and activities. Alignment Charts are helpful in ensuring that a variety of learning and assessment activities are provided to accommodate differing learning styles (see Universal Design for Learning). Activities were chosen to acknowledge my adult learner’s past experience and knowledge while introducing new information and methods for assessing.

In order for instruction and activities to be effective, they must be aligned to objectives, both enabling and terminal. If activities align well with the learning outcomes, instruction will be effective. How to do this? Designing instruction backwards – describing what students must do or show to prove they’ve met the learning outcomes, will allow the instructor to take those outcomes and break them down into enabling objectives and map each of the instructional sessions to one or more of those goals. Activities can address multiple objectives, but they must be specific enough to guide the students to the appropriate level of mastery. We can have different activities to introduce, reinforce, and measure learning and all of those should be mapped to learning outcomes.

The chart below breaks down certain skills that faculty will learn in order to create and add content to their Moodle LMS course. The activities stated will allow for plenty of practice for them to gain confidence in using Moodle as a teaching and assessment tool.


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