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Higher Education by Design
Best Practices for Curricular Planning and Instruction

ISBN 9780815354185
Published April 20, 2018 by Routledge
284 Pages 58 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Faculty in higher education are disciplinary experts, but they seldom receive formal training in teaching. Higher Education by Design uses the principles of design thinking to bridge this gap through practical examples and step-by-step instructions based on educational theory and best practices in pedagogical and curricular development. This book offers practical advice for effective teaching and instruction, interdisciplinary curricular collaborations, writing course syllabi, creating course outcomes and objectives, planning assessments, and building curricular content. Whether you are a seasoned professor or new instructor, the strategies in this book can improve your practice as an educator.

Table of Contents


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Chapter 1 – Beginning With the End in Mind

Chapter 2 – Understanding Educational Theory

Chapter 3 – Creating Course Outcomes and Objectives

Chapter 4 – Assessing Student Learning

Chapter 5 – Planning for Effective Instruction

Chapter 6 – Writing as Instruction and Assessment

Chapter 7 – Incorporating Engaged Learning

Chapter 8 – Teaching Effectively

Chapter 9 – Planning for Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Chapter 10 – Meeting 21st Century Challenges: Synthesis and Application

Chapter 11 – Becoming the Educator You Want to Be


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Bruce M. Mackh is Chair of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, USA.


"Mackh is uniquely and exceptionally qualified to help us better understand how adopting a learning-centered, design thinking orientation will equip us to engage students in the beneficial practices of creative thinking, problem finding, and innovative action. Indeed, Higher Education by Design offers frameworks, plans, and recommendations flexible and nimble enough for a broad range of contexts that will appeal to both early on teachers and those of us who have spent decades in the classroom."
—Dànielle Nicole DeVoss, Professor of Professional Writing and Director of Graduate Programs in Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University

"Higher Education by Design comes at an important and opportune moment. Mackh provides readers with intentional, strategic, and tactical approaches to employ design thinking in post-secondary education. The arrival of a book that goes beyond buzzword and codifies design thinking into relevant pedagogical practice and approaches to learning is both welcome and timely."
—Laurence Kaptain, Dean of the College of Arts & Media at the University of Colorado Denver

"The author has presented strategies that, when implemented, can improve the performance of new and experienced teachers in higher education. Extensive references are presented at the end of every chapter. I can highly recommend this book to people from other disciplines as well as from education settings. Faculty without an educational background can enhance their teaching practices for the sake of their students in order to prepare them to meet job market requirements in the 21st century."
—Mboneza Nsengiymva Kabanda