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Course Level Learning Design Resources

The resources here provide information for faculty who are designing or redesigning individual courses.  These resources provide insight on writing learning goals and outcomes, linking these to your course activities, and various strategies for assessing student learning.

What is a Learning Outcome?

Learning outcomes are easy to understand statements that explain what students will be able to do by the end of the term based on what is being taught and assessed in the course. These outcomes are observable and measurable. They should be written to be clear, concise and students centered.

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What is a Rubric?

A rubric is a scoring guide used to evaluate student work. It includes performance criteria used to evaluate an assignment and a rating scale. The rubric defines assessment expectations and how the work will be assessed, helping students better meet expectations and making the grading process more transparent and consistent.

How to Write a Rubric:

  • Consider the assignment task and what student performance and feedback should include
  • Determine the rubric layout (either use a rating scale that includes criteria or form a grid with the rating scale across the top and each criteria listed in rows)
  • Identify and list key criteria (aim for 5-7)
  • Determine a rating scale for the criteria and write descriptions for each rating scale
  • Create the rubric and get feedback from peers and students

If you need assistance developing a rubric for your course, please contact us at

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