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Blueprint for Learning: Constructing College Courses to Facilitate, Assess, and Document Learning Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-1579221423 ISBN-10: 1579221424

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Stylus Publishing (June 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579221424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579221423
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.5 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,339,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I am preparing for a course this spring and am using Blueprint for Learning as a guide – this is absolutely wonderful! I appreciate the clarity and systematic manner in which the material is presentedl. It makes it very easy to use and to gain great benefit from. Thanks!"

"[This book] is an outstanding faculty development tool. It neither overcomplicates nor oversimplifies instructional design, and it provides numerous illustrations and references, making it a well-rounded tool. It would be best utilized as a study guide for faculty interested in engaging, learner-centered, accountable instruction.
...an excellent instrument in faculty development, but best used in a structured 'study group' with a seasoned facilitator working with new and interested faculty. Like any good textbook, it is a vehicle for discussion and exploration. Thus, it bests serves the members of such a study group who can flesh out the points made. The visual elements are generally excellent; they are clean and open up the text in interesting ways.

“Richlin’s text provides a concise survey of research and literature pertaining to instructional design, learning principles, assessment, and documentation of learning outcomes, making such a scope of knowledge manageable for the academic advisor. The author operationalizes research and literature and applies it to sample classroom settings, which can be translated (with minimal limitation) into the academic advising setting. The functionality of Richlin’s Blueprint for Learning makes it usable as just that – a detailed, yet user-friendly outline for maximizing learning not only within classroom settings, but into the advising conference and beyond, making it a ‘must have’ reference text."

"Models, matrices, and rubrics abound in this rich resource for course design and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Faculty will love it!"

"Richlin has done a very thorough synthesis of the primary work in the field...it will be of great value to me and our faculty."

"Great job of synthesizing and integrating so much content into a coherent, useful form."

“As always, I am intrigued and impressed by Richlin’s ability to summarize an expanse of ideas and experiences, create a compelling synthesis, and present this new understanding in readable and appealing form."

“It is the kind of book faculty will actually be able to understand and use because it is straightforward and connects theory, research, and practice in a seamless manner.”

“I’m just stunned at its wonderful value. I really like the specific examples and all of the concrete worksheets and tables. Just amazingly thorough and useful, and so conveniently brief. It’s truly a service for us all, faculty and faculty development pro’s alike!” --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Laurie Richlin is Director of Faculty Development, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, as well as Director of the regional Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching, Executive Editor of the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, and President of the International Alliance of Teacher Scholars

Shirley Ronkowski is Director of the Teaching Assistant Development Program, University of California, Santa Barbara.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Witman on August 25, 2006
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I participated in the development of this text as a student in the course for which it was created. The text provides a step-by-step walkthrough of several key elements of course design:

1) The environment for learning, and the notions of scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning;

2) Background on learning processes (learning styles, types of intelligence, cognitive development), particularly as they affect the design of effective courses; and

3) Course design material for documenting and assessing learning, with structured models for how to create assessment tools that measure what you believe the students should have learned (the learning objectives).

In addition, it provides a number of appendices with templates, rubrics, assessment instruments, and references to other related tools.

As a first-year professor, I've already found this to be a valuable reference to work from, and I highly recommend it.
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We are using this book with faculty at our university to help them plan effective instructional experiences for students. We used it in a recent all day workshop.
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I teach graduate courses in nursing education and have been searching for a text that would walk students through the process of developing a college level course "from scratch" as I feel this is an essential skill for all educators. This book is very easy to navigate and understand and while I have listed it as a recommended text for this semester, next year I plan to require this for my curriculum development course.
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I had the good fortune of attending a two-day seminar by Dr. Richlin, and it was fantastic. Although it was impossible to learn all of the techniques described in the book in such a short time, we did complete many of the exercises. If you have to develop a course fromk scratch, I HIGHLY recommend this book . If you are interested in learning about how students learn, there are probably better texts available. Essentially, this book serves as a concise manual with step by step instructions. I've found that after I completed the exercises for one course, revising the documents for a different course was much easier. The first time I developed a course with this book it took about 40 hours. Now that I have the format in place I'm pretty sure I will be able to revise all of the documents for a different but related course in a fraction of the time. It will probably save me 30 hours or so, because most of the work is already done!

Thanks, Dr. Richlin, for devising such a clear step-by-step system for developing courses!
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By Steve Conn on November 5, 2010
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This book is a "how to" manual, packed with useful information and practical pointers. I would use this as supplemental to some more theoretical books to help develop a robust understanding for teaching and learning. We used this book in Graduate school and a throughly enjoyed it.
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