In this thoroughly updated edition of L. Dee Fink s bestselling classic, he discusses new research on how people learn, active learning, and the effectiveness of his popular model; adds more examples from online teaching; and further focuses on the impact of student engagement on student learning. The book explores the changes in higher education nationally and internationally since the publication of the previous edition, includes additional procedures for integrating one s course, and adds strategies for dealing with student resistance to innovative teaching. This edition continues to provide conceptual and procedural tools that are invaluable for all teachers when designing instruction. It shows how to use a taxonomy of significant learning and systematically combine the best research-based practices for learning-centered teaching with a teaching strategy in a way that results in powerful learning experiences for students. Acquiring a deeper understanding of the design process will empower teachers to creatively design courses that will result in significant learning for students.
L. Dee Fink has been an instructional consultant for more than thirty years. A former president of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD), he consults on the topics of faculty development and integrated course design at two- and four-year colleges and accrediting associations around the world.
Note to Updated Edition vii Preface xi Acknowledgments xv The Author xvii 1 Creating Significant Learning Experiences: The Key to Quality in Educational Programs 1 2 A Taxonomy of Significant Learning 31 3 Designing Significant Learning Experiences I: Getting Started 67 4 Designing Significant Learning Experiences II: Shaping the Learning Experience 113 5 Changing the Way We Teach 173 6 Better Organizational Support for Faculty 221 7 The Human Significance of Good Teaching and Learning 273 Appendix A Planning Your Course: A Decision Guide 293 Appendix B Suggested Readings 303 References 309 Index 317