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Instructional Design and Technology in Education

Course Alignment- QM Bring Your Appetite for Creating Course Alignment

Larissa Cremeens   and Laura Cole  @ Univ of So. Indiana

Slides & Resources (mapping worksheet)  (mapping tables) (mapping worksheet example)


What’s going on at USI –

Created a generic course topic to help show faculty how to develop or revise a course.


How would you get started?

  • drafting syllabus
  • research instructional materials
  • creating lectures
  • course objectives

Course objectives

Faculty benefit

guides material, activities and assessments

Student benefit




To come up with course objectives for your course

Format: excel or word both



Next step – module objectives

Small and discrete pieces


Modules can be confusing: weeks, units, chapters, etc.

  • Specific objectives can be a good way to describe the small intervals

What steps does a student need to take to get to this objective? (refer back to formula and Bloom’s taxonomy. Make sure module objectives don’t go beyond the course objectives.



To get you from one point to another


What do you want students to do? Every objective needs an assessment.

Consider “authentic assessments” that are aligned to your objectives


Can also be an “assessment” since there is learning and doing something required.


red – summative assessment example (covers more objectives)

Instructional Activity

Can also create a worksheet for instructional materials for complete view of alignment.


Author: Heidi Olson

Heidi enjoys working with content experts in developing eCampus courses to provide alternatives for students. Her other interests include faculty training in best practices for eCampus and researching eCampus tools to help fulfill learning outcomes. Having worked in the distance education arena for over 20 years, she has a wide range of experiences in supporting students and faculty as technology and pedagogy evolve.

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