Understanding by Design: AKA Backward Design

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Description and Overview

This method of course design was developed and described by  Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe in their book Understanding by Design, Expanded 2nd Edition. This method starts with the end in mind and closely links, outcomes, assessments and activities. Read through their powerpoint and/or what the video to gain a better understanding of the method.

Understanding by Design Powerpoint by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe

Here are some resources to help you understand and use these design principles:

Principles of Backward Design 
Tasmanian Department of Education 

Backward Design Worksheets

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