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Stage 2: Checking the Course Purposes

TASK: Review or write down the overall purposes of the course - what is it supposed to achieve? (These may be set out as aims and objectives.)

TASK: Check that the purposes above include development of the characteristics and capabilities outlined in stage 1. If they do not, amend them as appropriate so that they reflect what students should be able to do at the end of the course.

You may find it helpful to use the grid below listing generic outcomes of adoptive and adaptive learning, as described in Section 1. Indicate by shading across the boxes the relative importance you place, or intend to place, on the development of each of the learning outcomes.

Adoptive Course

Learning outcomes Importance in the Course
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Facts, Assertions, Rules and Laws                    
Terminology, Language and Protocols                    
Techniques and Procedures                    
Organisation and Structure                    
Established Principles and Relationships                    

Adaptive Course

Learning outcomes

Importance in the Course
  1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Personal Interpretation and Meaning                    
Evaluation and Decisions                    
Arguments, Reasoning and Justification                    
Synthesis and Conceptualisation                    
Originality, Creativity and Innovation                  

TASK: From the resulting overview, consider to what extent you feel the degree of higher order learning (adaptive) reflects the intended purpose of your course. If necessary, amend the statements of course purposes again as appropriate.

Stage 3: Analysing an Existing Couse