backward design

Simple examples lead to deep engagement


Scot MartinThree years ago, Scot T. Martin, Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering and Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, decided to “start from scratch” with his approach to teaching thermodynamics. In his course Thermodynamics by Case Study, he found that by focusing on every day, concrete examples (e.g., running, the function of the heart) and demanding an intense level of participation, he could help students unpack layer after layer to rediscover and truly understand the fundamental laws. 

The benefits: Martin mined eleven years of his student course evaluations and learned... Read more about Simple examples lead to deep engagement

Intended Learning Outcomes

MIT’s Teaching & Learning Laboratory succinctly defines intended learning outcomes and process for generating them.