Office of Education Development and Gateway Education

Alignment

The term ' Alignment' refers to ensuring that our teaching and learning activities and assessment tasks are directly addressing the intended learning outcomes we have chosen for our course/programme. In other words, the three major components of OBTL are clearly and explicitly linked. At programme level, it can also refer to ensuring that levels of action verbs are addressed in a progressive and logical manner so that students are afforded the opportunity to gradually construct their knowledge of a topic or subject over the three or four years of study. Choosing TLA's and AT's must be done carefully to ensure that we are assessing the right intended learning outcomes (the levels of action verbs in SOLO are a good guide). More details can be found on the City University OBTL website or at Constructive Alignment: BIGGS