Authentic Learning in Course Design

Current models of instructional design largely ignore authentic learning opportunities, creative teaching strategies, and 21st-century learning principles. But it is possible to use a systematic approach to course redesign built around principles of authentic learning, active learning strategies and open educational resources (OER). Hear about this process, see before-and-after examples, and experience how to (1) review course objectives for alignment, depth of knowledge, and authenticity; (2) plan and build authentic assessment instruments and formative feedback on design and facilitation; (3) incorporate UDL and 21st century skills into the design; (4) create authentic learning activities that are both useful and engaging; (5) purposefully integrate technology tools; and (6) facilitate a vibrant course by building instructor presence and community. Instructional designers and teachers will be able to take away strategies for rethinking their course designs and instruction.