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Outcomes-Based Education

Outcomes-based education is learner-centred. Curriculum design based on outcomes allows instructors to measure what students are able to do at the end of the course. The three main concerns of outcomes-based education are alignment, threading, and laddering of the curriculum elements (outcomes, assessment, skills, concepts/issues, learning activities).


Outcomes-Based Curriculum Design

The outcomes-based design process begins at the end with the intended outcomes and works backwards towards the learning activities. This process is also called Backwards Design.

Steihl, R. & Lewchuck, L. (2008). The Outcomes Primer: reconstructing the college curriculum. Covallis, Oregon: The Learning Organization.

Curriculum Elements Sheet

A Curriculum Elements Sheet (CE Sheet) is used to plan the curriculum for courses and programs at Red Deer College. For a blank version of this document, on the RDC Forms webpage [1], search for “Curriculum Elements and Outcomes.”

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Updated January 4, 2021