Curriculum Alignment Framework Guide

Curriculum Alignment Framework Guide

Align your curriculum with course and program outcomes using our Curriculum Alignment Framework guide.


A Curriculum Alignment Framework (CAF) is a simple tool educators can use to make meaningful course design decisions that align outcomes with instructional strategies and assessment. Based on the work of Stiel & Lewchuck (2012) this tool should be the starting point for any learning experience design project. We make a CAF (as we call them) for every learning experience we design! Even though the tool is simple, it’s still helpful to have some guidance on how to use it. Thus the Curriculum Alignment Framework Guide.


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