Source: Getting Results: Planning for Outcomes/Overview"
This media asset is from Getting Results: "Planning for Outcomes/Overview."
In this professional development video from Getting Results, natural resource technology instructors at a community college discuss fitting their courses together. The instructors say that clarifying and communicating outcomes helps them plan courses. They can reinforce skills taught across the program and add additional ones, too. Students talk about how much they appreciate the hands-on, workplace-centered nature of the learning in their program. The video concludes with instructors talking about the goal of teaching skills that are highly relevant to the work world. Building curriculum, they say, is about envisioning and getting these results.
Effective course planning starts with determining the course outcome—what the students should be able to do outside the classroom with the information that they have learned in the classroom. With the outcome determined, the teacher can select relevant and appropriate learning activities.
Activities that focus on workplace skills prepare students for future careers. Teaching to skill standards—the knowledge and abilities students need to get jobs—creates a gateway to the work world. When planning a course, instructors should also consider the field’s current trends, knowledge, and technologies.
Student success is tied to the instructor's planning. Designing a course with outcomes in mind allows teachers to create clear goals for themselves and their students.
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