Course Design Frameworks

Designing Courses for Significant Learning. Dee Fink has made available a 37-page self-directed guide that provides an excellent overview of his approach to course design. 

On the Cutting Edge Course Design Tutorial. While this entire site was designed for geological sciences, most of the contents are applicable to any discipline.

Transparent Alignment and Integrated Course Design. A concrete example of integrated course design, part of the Essays on Teaching Excellence Series. 

Six Innovative Course Redesign Practices. From the National Center for Academic Transformation.


Billson, J. M. (1986). The college classroom as a small group: some implications for teaching and learning. Teaching Sociology, 14(3), 143-151. Stable URL:

Hobson, E. H. Getting students to read: fourteen tips, IDEA Paper #40.


Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses, 2nd Edition by Dee Fink, 2013 

Understanding by Design, 2nd Edition by Grant Wiggins & Jay McTighe, 2005

How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan Ambrose and others, 2010


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