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Choosing the Right Learning Outcomes

Choosing the Right Learning Outcomes
Presented by Dr. Richard Van Eck, Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning, SMHS

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, from 12:00–1:00 PM, W203, SMHS Northeast Campus and streamed live and recorded for later viewing.

Have lunch on us and learn how to improve your curriculum!

The key to designing effective curriculum lies in three simple concepts: 1) outcomes, 2) objectives, and 3) assessment. Together, they have a larger impact on curriculum success than teaching quality. That’s why they should be the first step in creating or revising any curriculum, whether a single course or an entire program, yet many educators don’t know what they are or how to use them.

Join Dr. Richard Van Eck, Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning at the SMHS, for a series of workshops on these foundational curriculum design concepts. In this first workshop, Choosing the Right Learning Outcomes, you will learn how (and why!) to classify learning outcomes as intellectual skills, cognitive strategies, attitudes, verbal information, and motor skills and how doing so ensures effective learning for your students before you even begin thinking about textbooks or active learning! Classifying outcomes prevents critical errors that can derail your instruction before it even begins.

In the second workshop in this series, Generating Measurable, Performance-Based Objectives, (October 22), you’ll learn how to turn your learning outcomes into measurable, performance-based objectives. In the third and final workshop in this series, Designing Effective Assessment (early 2020) you’ll learn how to select appropriate assessment strategies for different objectives and learning outcomes.

Bring your course syllabi and/or program goals and objectives; we’ll provide examples but applying what we discuss to your own curriculum is the best way to learn!

A light lunch will be offered for on-site attendees (of course, you are also welcome to bring your own lunch!). Please RSVP by September 16 to help us ensure we have enough for everyone:

This workshop is part of the Evidence-Based Teaching (EBT) series hosted by Education Resources and the Office of Education and Faculty Affairs at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. This series, held every fourth Tuesday of the month, showcases topics of interest to the medical and health education community and is free and open to anyone at UND. Previous EBT sessions can be streamed from our website:

If you have any questions, would like more information, or would like to suggest a future meeting topic, please contact Adrienne Salentiny at

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS), W203
1301 N Columbia Rd, Grand Forks, ND 58202

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