Designing assignments linked to goals

As you begin the process of designing course assignments, answer these questions:

    *What goal or goals are associated with the assignment?
    *What are the components of the goal?

If you have a course goal that states that students should be able to “Formulate a well organized argument supported by evidence” the components of that goal might be that students need to:

    *Demonstrate depth and breadth of understanding
    *Present information in a clear and organized way
    *Incorporate a variety of sources of evidence
    *Use accurate grammar and mechanics

This is a vital step in the process of linking goals with assessments. By identifying the components of a learning goal, you begin to make the teaching and learning process more transparent. Knowing what the components of a goal are will help in writing the assignment description and will be very valuable in the grading process.