Starting with the Ends: Outcomes-Based Course Design and Development  

09:00 - 15:30

November 30, 2019 

Dusit Princess Hotel

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Register by

November 15, 2019

Baht 12,500 per participant​


Group of 3 or more  

Baht 10,500 per participant


Register for 2 one-day workshops 

Baht 21,000 per participant

Register for 3 one-day workshops

Baht 29,500 per participant

Other one -day workshops by the same speaker during this period:


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Designing Writing Assignments that Assess Higher Level Thinking Skills

November 29, 2019

Transforming Students into Self-Regulated Learners

Target Audience

Teachers of all levels



Participants will gain knowledge about how to create and implement a well-aligned, coherent course--that is, one with specific, assessable outcomes, teaching methods that help students achieve those outcomes, and assessments that measure students’ progress in achieving those outcomes. Such a course enhances student performance on the assessments.  In addition, participants will learn teaching techniques that cognitive psychology has found to be particularly effective. 

Implementable Skills
1.Formulate assessable student learning outcomes (ends).
2.Distinguish among ultimate, mediating, and foundational outcomes.
3.Identify and address typical misconceptions students bring into class about the subject matter.
4.To organize your outcomes chronologically into foundational, mediating, and ultimate, thereby analyzing and identifying the learning process through which your students need to move to meet all your learning outcomes for them.
5. Select, adapt, and design teaching methods/learning experiences that, according to research, are among the most effective means to help students achieve your learning outcomes for them.
6. Assess your students’ progress in achieving your outcomes appropriately.



Mindset Shift

To start designing and developing a course around the outcomes (the ends) that you want your students to achieve.  To do this, one begins the process with the ends--not with the textbook or a list of topics to cover.


Session 1

What is an aligned course? How do you write specific, assessable outcomes?  How do you sequence them into a learning process?


Session 2

How do you assess your students? Assessment guidelines; different assessment instruments, the outcomes they assess,  and guidelines for writing multiple choice and multiple true-false items and constructed response prompts


Session 3

How do you choose teaching methods that are most effective for helping your students achieve the outcomes?


To Bring

At least one course syllabus along with descriptions of assignments and tests in that course;

Course Leader

Linda B. Nilson, Ph.D., is director emerita of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation (OTEI) at Clemson University and author of Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors (Jossey-Bass, 2016), now in its fourth edition. She also wrote The Graphic Syllabus and the Outcomes Map: Communicating Your Course (Anker/Jossey-Bass, 2007), Creating Self-Regulated Learners: Strategies to Strengthen Students’ Self-Awareness and Learning Skills (Stylus, 2013), and Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time (Stylus, 2015).


Her latest books are Online Teaching at Its Best: Merging Instructional Design with Teaching and Learning Research with Ludwika A. Goodson (Wiley, 2018) and Creating Engaging Discussions: Strategies for "Avoiding Crickets" in Any Size Classroom and Online with Jennifer H. Herman (Stylus, 2018).

Dr. Nilson’s career as a full-time faculty development director spanned over 25 years. She has published many articles and book chapters and has given about 500 keynotes, webinars, and live workshops at conferences, colleges, and universities both nationally and internationally on dozens of topics related to college teaching and scholarly productivity. She has also taught graduate seminars on college teaching.