Quote of the Day

“What is ‘understanding’ as a goal, and what does it demand of assessment and instruction? How can we achieve understanding (and other key educational goals) by design rather than by good fortune?” – Grant Wiggins, Understanding Understanding*, 3/26/2012 * HUID login required to view lecture video

How Do We Measure Learning?

What if every exam-based class in college started with the final exam? Students would file into the lecture hall (or multimedia interactivity space) on day one and take the test. Their teacher(s) would then use the students’ responses to gauge – immediately and precisely – what kinds of prior knowledge and experience they’ve brought into…

Understanding By Design

Understanding By Design, Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe Reviewed by Jason Dowd, Departmental Teaching Fellow in Physics The idea is simple enough.  In teaching, you first identify the desired results. Once that’s done, you figure out what students could do that would be evidence of such results.  Finally, you plan activities and learning experiences geared…

Key Terms: Backward Design

Think of it as pedagogy’s way of rephrasing Lenin’s maxim, “The end determines the means.” With much more positive results. Rather than start with the means – lectures, textbooks, exams, and the rest – Backward Design begins at the end. What should students learn? What should they know or be able to do? These questions…