Acknowledging the work of L Dee Fink

Much of our thinking about improving performance came from our success in working with teachers and students using L Dee Fink’s approach to programme and course design.  However, we think that these principles can be extended beyond their original purpose and be used to develop performance in any given area.

We think you cannot beat Fink’s approach to good course design. In fact, if you have a better approach we would love to hear about it. So please share.

The advantages of Fink’s approach are:

  1. Integration of the graduate profile knowledge, skills and attributes in the course.
  2. A strong design phase that means less work in the assessment, facilitation and evaluation phases.
  3. Clearly identified learning goals that guide the teacher and the student.
  4. Good practice in feedback and assessment.
  5. Clearly, identified “substantive” assessment that assesses a number of learning goals at once.
  6. Active learning experiences for students, and plenty of learner practice.
  7. Development of rich learning experiences where significant learning can occur.
  8. The practice of in-depth reflective dialogue.
  9. Development of logical course structure and instructional strategies.
  10. A strong focus on communication with students.

To find out more download the PDF.


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