Part 7: Spring 2018 Labs

116 Connecting Objectives to Activities with Casey Gallimore 04.05.2018

What do you hope your students learn in your course? How do you use these learning objectives to steer your learning activities and assessments? In the April 5, 2018 Active Teaching Exchange, Casey Gallimore from the School of Pharmacy prompted participants to examine these questions for themselves and shared how she links program objectives to learning activities in her own courses. 

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  • Pharmacy did a project to better align the program goals with the actual learning activities in their courses.
    • Steps:
    • ID program objectives
    • Create mapping tool (now shareable!)
    • Map out course
    • Which of the program objectives will fit in which course
    • This process identified some inadequately-written program objectives,
    • so they rewrote and improved the program objectives.
  • Analyze map to identify gaps
    • was the objective covered?
    • Is it covered deeply enough?
    • Was it covered but not assessed?
    • Was it covered too many (unnecessary) times?
    • Was the objective connected to a real-world practice? (can students see why they’re doing it?)
  • Design/redesign activities based on gap analysis
    • Use backwards design: start with goals, then acceptable evidence, then activity
    • Goals: Program Objectives → Course Objectives → Activity objectives


Active Teaching Exchanges are held Thursdays from 1-2pm in room 120, Middleton Building (1305 Linden Dr.). Check out the upcoming Exchanges or read the recaps from past Exchanges.

Like the Active Teaching Exchanges, Active Teaching Labs feature instructors sharing their teaching experiences with tools and techniques, but also provide time for hands-on exploration of tools. Labs are are held Fridays from 8:30-9:45am in room 120, Middleton Building as well as some Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30pm in room 302 Middleton Building. See the full calendar of both events. Stay informed about upcoming Labs and Exchanges by signing up for regular announcements by sending an email to


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