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Building a Pathway to Student Learning

A How-To Guide to Course Design

Building a Pathway to Student Learning by Steven K. Jones
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This book is written as a “how-to” handbook, providing step-by-step guidance on creating a pathway to student learning, including 26 workboxes (also available free online) that lead you through each element of the course design process and promote a rich reflection process akin to being in a workshop setting. The authors prompt you to (1) consider the distinctive characteristics of your students; (2) clearly articulate your course learning goals; (3) create aligned summative assessments; (4) identify the specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes students will need in order to be successful; (5) craft effective learning experiences, informed by the well-documented research on how people learn; and (6) incorporate formative assessment to ensure you and your students are staying on track.

Completion of the sequence of worksheets leads to a poster as a visual display of your course design. This graphic depiction of your course ties the components together, provides a clear map of action for teaching your course, for modifying as you evaluate the success of particular strategies or want to introduce new concepts, and for developing your syllabus. A rubric for evaluating course posters is included.

For faculty developers, this book provides a proven and ready-made resource and text around which to design or redesign learner-centered course design workshops or multi-day course design retreats, replicating or modifying the renowned workshop that the authors have developed at the Air Force Academy for both faculty new to teaching and those with many years of teaching experience under their belt.

The Authors

Steven K. Jones holds a PhD in Cognitive Psychology and is currently an Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). He has taught for over 20 years in university and service academy classrooms.

Robert K. Noyd is Professor of Biology at the U.S. Air Force Academy where he teaches botany, general biology, and senior seminar courses. he has taught for over 35 years in high school, community college, small college, university, and service academy classrooms.

Kenneth S. Sagendorf is the founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and a Professor at Regis University in Denver, CO. In his 20+ years in higher education, he has worked as a faculty member and administrator at four academic institutions - from small state schools to research institutions and the United States Air Force Academy.
Stylus Publishing; March 2015
150 pages; ISBN 9781579228941
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Title: Building a Pathway to Student Learning
Author: Steven K. Jones; Robert K. Noyd; Kenneth S. Sagendorf; Peter Felten