Understanding by Design’s (UbD) Backward Design

Wiggins and McTighe’s (2005) UbD 1-Page Design Template was created for educators to use in the design of units that focus on understanding (p. 21-22). I have applied the first part of L. Dee Fink’s (2003) Learning Outcomes 3-Column Table, Foundational Knowledge, to the UbD  1-Page Design Template.

See my Learning Outcomes 3-Column Table for my project-based e-learning plan here.

Because of its granular structure, UbD’s template is more effective for designing smaller units of instruction with much greater detail. On the contrary, Fink’s 3-Column Table is much more appropriate for designing an entire course with a holistic learning perspective.

It was advantageous to have first used Fink’s table to design my project-based e-learning plan because I was able to see the bigger picture of what I wanted my students to accomplish. With UbD’s template, I was able to dig deeper into what one-sixth of my plan would look like. Now, all I have to do is create five more of these UbD templates to complete my entire course plan.


References

Fink, L. D. (2003). A Self-Directed Guide to Designing Courses for Significant Learning. Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Wiggins, G. & McTighe, J. (2005). Understanding by Design (expanded second ed.). Alexandria, Virginia: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

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