Curriculum/Curricular Alignment

The curriculum and corresponding instruction are most effective when they intentionally provide links among learning objectives, assignments, activities, and assessments, encourage students to think critically about the application of content to both the broader discipline and the world, and are representative of the diversity of scholars in the field.

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Course Alignment

Course curriculum is the set of knowledge, skills, behaviors and dispositions intended as outcomes.

Learning Objectives

Learning objectives are measurable statements that convey what students should know or be able to do.


The syllabus provides students with an opportunity to see how you envision learning happening.

Research and Resources

In-depth discussion about creating and maintaining alignment throughout course development

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