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Course Alignment Manifesto

Typical eLearning Course ApproachPrinciples of Course Alignment
Content focusedStudent outcomes focused: provide learning experiences that have long-term impact–well beyond the end of instructional events–to times when the learning is needed for performance and elaboration.
Efficient for instructorsMeaningful to students: provide learning experiences that are relevant to students’ current goals and/or that motivate them to engage deeply in the process of learning.
Fact testingAuthentic contexts: provide sufficient levels of realistic practice; simulations, scenario-based decision making, case-based evaluations, and authentic exercises.
Didactic feedbackPeer and faculty feedback: provide guidance and feedback to correct their misconceptions, reinforce their comprehension, and build effective skills
Passive navigationInteractive activities prompting deep engagement: provide opportunities for reflection, application, rehearsal, elaboration, contextualization, debate, evaluation, synthetization, etc. (not just in navigation, page turning, rollovers, and information search).
Student satisfaction surveyMeaningful student perceptions: measure students’ perceptions regarding their ability to apply what they’ve learned, their level of motivation, and the support received in implementing the learning.

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