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Course design                            Creative assignments                         Syllabus design

Course design

  General Guides to Course Design   Taxonomies of Learning
  Dee Fink's course design tips and a Self-directed Guide for Designing Significant Learning (PDF).

See also Fink's examples of specific courses with good designs.
  A brief account of Benjamin Bloom's Taxonomy of cognitive learning - and an example of applying his taxonomy to questions about a photograph.

On the Cutting Edge offers course design tutorials and models focused especially on science courses.

  Essential Learning Outcomes of the AAC&U's Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP)
  The same site offers a nice overview of five different approaches to course design, including "backwards design" and the "assignment-centered" model of Walvoord and Breihan.
  Dee Fink's Taxonomy of Significant Learning and model of Integrated Course Design
  Writing Student Learning Outcomes   Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment

A Primer on Writing Effective Learning-Centered Course Goals (PDF) by Robert G. Noyd of USAF Academy, linked to Fink's taxonomy of learning

  Xavier's Office of Institutional Research has identified further resources for designing program-level student learning outcomes and evaluating student learning.
  Action Words linked to Bloom's Taxonomy (PDF)    

Creative assignments

  Classroom assessment techniques (CATs)    
  CATs are usually quick, non-graded, in-class activities to provide instructors and students useful feedback about the learning process as it is occurring.    

Vanderbilt's CFT provides a brief introduction to CATs.


This list (PDF) from the University of Oregon includes 50 CATs organized according to type of learning, knowledge, skill, or learner reaction.


See especially Thomas A. Angelo and Patricia Cross, Classroom Assessment Techniques, San Francisco, 1993.



Syllabus design


       There is no standard syllabus format for every course at Xavier. Check with your department to see if there
       are departmental or college requirements for your syllabi. 

      The Center for Teaching Excellence offers this Syllabus TemplatePreview the documentView in a new window, with suggested language to describe
       University policies and student support services. Note that instructions are provided in red on the template and
       should be replaced with the suggested language or your own phrasing.


Locating syllabi of previous Xavier courses


Assisting students with disabilities

           Includes a sample syllabus statement and information about resources for students with disabilities


Policy on Academic Honesty and plagiarism


Syllabus statement about religious observance (suggested by the Xavier University Student Handbook, 19.25c)


"If religious observance will cause a student to be absent from class or otherwise affect his or her ability to complete academic assignments, he or she must notify the instructor in advance and make necessary arrangements to complete the entire course."


University catalog


Academic calendar and schedule of Final Exams

  Course schedule with classroom assignments