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11 01, 2018

Five Steps for Incorporating Performance-Based Assessment into Interdisciplinary Learning

By | 2018-01-11T16:02:29+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Course Writers, curriculum, Curriculum Planning, education, Instructional Design|0 Comments

“Good morning, class! Today, we’re going to study the literature of the ancient Mayan civilization and examine how it shaped their economy, understanding of the natural world, and language. At the end of the lesson, you’ll be assessed based upon your ability to calculate the total increase, in square miles, by which their empire grew during the height of their literary period and apply this knowledge to civil engineering in our own community. Is everyone ready?” If the scenario above reminds you of the last interdisciplinary lesson plan you read (or wrote), you’re not alone! With more districts around the country moving toward the interdisciplinary approach, there’s a good chance it’s at least on your radar. Imagine, for a moment, the reactions of the students presented with this lesson. Or, the disbelief of an administrator preparing to observe it. To round out the ELA/math/science/social studies lesson, the students in the scenario are going to show what they know in a performance-based assessment (PBA). Another hot topic in the education world, these assessments allow for a deeper [...]

18 10, 2016

3 Ways to Think About the Relationship Between Higher Education Courses and the Academic Programs to Which They Belong

By | 2017-06-27T18:02:23+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Course Writers, Curriculum Development, higher education|0 Comments

Three ways to think about the relationship between Higher Education Course and the academic programs to which they belong.