Office of Education Development and Gateway Education

Introduction I

Getting Started with Outcomes Based Teaching and Learning (OBTL) and Constructive Alignment

Outcomes Based Teaching and Learning Intended Learning Outcomes Assessment Tasks Teaching and Learning Activities

Welcome to this e-learning guide to OBTL and Constructive Alignment. This website is intended to provide a basic introduction to the concepts of OBTL and Constructive Alignment and is designed to help you get started and provide you with ideas and examples of Action Verbs, Teaching and Learning Activities, and Assessment Tasks. This site is not a comprehensive overview of either subject. City University already has an excellent OBTL website which covers these concepts in great detail and this guide provides numerous links to that website for those who want to find out more.

Recognising that many of us lead busy lives, particularly during semester time, we have provided a quick and easy to use e-learning tool called the Teaching and Assessment Ideas Tool ( TAIT ) Gallery which supplies examples of some possible constructively aligned components. When using the e-learning tool, it is important to recognise that constructive alignment is not a mechanistic process and there is no real substitute for the imagination and creativity of the teacher. However, many of us find that concrete examples provide us with a useful starting point and the e-learning tool is therefore provided as a prompt for your own ideas, and a confidence builder which helps you to know that you are on the right track.