Integrated Course Design


To ensure student academic success, prior to any discussion of instructional methods and the grading and evaluation of student work, it is important to review effective practices in instructional design. One of the most widely used models was developed by Fink (2003) and utilizes an integrated approach to course design. In brief, to design or redesign any form of instruction, Fink recommends t​he following steps:

  1. Identify what you want students to learn. (Student Learning Objectives)
  2. Describe how you (and the students) will know if these SLOs have been accomplished. (Feedback and Assessment)
  3. Determine what you and the students need to do in order for the students to achieve the learning objectives. (Teaching and Learning Activities)
  4. Make sure the key components of the model​ support and reinforce each other.

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To learn more about Fink’s Integrated Course Design model and for helpful worksheets to assist you with planning learning activities (inside and outside of the classroom) as well as developing a plan for the sequencing of concepts, visit one or both of the following:


  • Fink,D.L.(2003).Creating significant learning experiences: An integrated approach to designing college courses. San Francisco: CA:Jossey-Bass.