Course-Level Learning Outcomes:
- Articulate your current Teaching Philosophy and update it throughout the course
- Apply a backwards design/outcome-based framework and selected principles to inform the development of a sustainable agriculture curriculum or event
- Each week engage with your assigned learning partner to provide and receive feedback
- Submit a fleshed-out event or curriculum-level course design
- Interact on a weekly basis by reviewing at least one peer’s work and/or have a call
- Complete weekly in-class minute reflections
- Share the evolution of your teaching philosophy
Course Evaluation: Pre-course interview, end of course survey, and follow-up interview
Week 1: Teaching Philosophies and Adult Learners
- We will get to know each other through our initial teaching philosophies,
- Explore how you can incorporate the needs of adult learners into your education program.
Week 2: Needs Assessment and Sustainable Agriculture
- Discuss how sustainability can be further integrated in our education programs,
- Explore options for needs assessment to determine how you can best focus your education.
Week 3: Backwards Instructional Design
- Order of the sequence of steps in backwards design
- Identify key situational factors that will affect your course.
Week 4: Developing Learning Outcomes
- Refine learning outcomes at the appropriate scale for the course level (and program level, if applies)
- Using Bloom’s Taxonomy for Learning Objectives determine if the selected verbs are a best fit for the learning outcome statements.
Week 5: Identifying Assessment Opportunities
- Based on your outcome statements refine the practical formative assessment activities that fit your course, support learning, and provide feedback to you (instructor).
Week 6: Creating Authentic Learning Activities
- Create an active learning experience that simulates the real-world challenge or opportunity
- Integrate your assessment activity and determine where/how you can provide feedback to the learners to support their progress.
Week 7: Clarifying Essential Knowledge
- For your course identify the essential knowledge that is necessary to achieve the learning outcome(s).
Week 8: Teaching and Facilitating for Learning
- For your course create a teaching and learning plan for the use of time and clarifies your roles to ensure the course works well for you and the learners.
Week 9: Evaluating Your Education
- For your course develop an evaluation instrument.
Week 10: Reflective Learning to Increase Relevancy and Meaning
- Refection is valued as a part of the course process for learners and designers
- Feedback is shared to improve this cohort-based professional learning course and to understand what further support is desired to enhance your practice.