Course-Level Learning Outcomes:

  1. Articulate your current Teaching Philosophy and update it throughout the course
  2. Apply a backwards design/outcome-based framework and selected principles to inform the development of a sustainable agriculture curriculum or event
  3. Each week engage with your assigned learning partner to provide and receive feedback

Course-Level Assessment:

  1. Submit a fleshed-out event or curriculum-level course design
  2. Interact on a weekly basis by reviewing at least one peer’s work and/or have a call
  3. Complete weekly in-class minute reflections
  4. 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.
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