Lesson 2: Understanding Alignment and Assessment
Psychology 101: Example Course Alignment
Sample learning outcomes
By the end of this course students should be able to
- Compare and contrast psychological, biological, social and cultural influences on human behaviour.
- Describe psychological principles that govern human behaviour.
- Apply psychological principles to everyday life to recognize true and false psychological claims.
- Design and evaluate a psychological research project using existing data.
Constructive alignment is a powerful principle for educational design. It helps to design courses, curricula, and helps to make decisions on course activities and materials. Further, it can be used to explain the relationship between the course activities and assessment. Thus, whenever your students ask: "do we get this in the exam?" you can give them the answer based on the alignment of your course. Constructive alignment is coined by Biggs and Tang (2011).
Biggs, J (2015). Constructive alignment in university teaching. HERDSA Review of Higher Education, 1, 5 – 22.
Blumberg, P. (2009). Maximizing Learning Through Course Alignment and Experience with Different Types of Knowledge. Innovative Higher Education, 34, 93–103.
Lizzio, A., Wilson, K., & Simons, R. (2002). University students' perceptions of the learning environment and academic outcomes: implications for theory and practice. Studies in Higher education, 27(1), 27-52.
McAlpine, L. (2004). Designing learning as well as teaching. A research-based model for instruction that emphasizes learner practice. Active Learning in Higher Education, 5(2), 119-134
Review and/or write learning outcomes for your course
Select appropriate assessment strategies that are aligned to the course learning outcomes
Create an assessment and alignment plan