'Creating educationally and developmentally impactful learning experiences.'
Steven Mintz, professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, at Inside Higher Ed.
"Today’s dominant instructional design model, backward design, is certainly superior to the older topical coverage approach, in which faculty members made a list of the subjects to cover and assigned one topic to each class session. Done correctly, backward design produces courses that are much more coherent and focused than those in the past, with activities and assessments tightly aligned to the faculty member’s learning objectives.
"But in practice, I fear, backward design too often results in cookie-cutter classes that fail to do what a higher education is supposed to accomplish: not simply to impart skills and knowledge or convey disciplinary expertise, but to transform its recipients.
"Let me briefly describe several [four] approaches that are already taking root. ..."