Teacher Coaching Programme webinar 4: Constructive Alignment

On the 30th of March 2022, colleagues from the University of Geneva together with Sustainable Caucasus held the second of three workshops that form a series on pedagogical issues with the participation of representatives of higher education institutions from the countries of the Caucasus Mountain Region.

Professor Jörg Balsiger introduced constructive alignment, an approach to creating an educational environment in which students construct their learning through relevant learning activities. It aims at coherence between teaching methods and activities, evaluation, and intended learning outcomes in an educational programme. 

In contrast to traditional approaches, where content to be transferred is defined first, under constructive alignment the teacher first defines learning outcomes (what should students be able to do at the end of the course?), then assessment methods (how are the learning outcomes verified?) and only in the end teaching and learning activities. In this way, teaching and learning are geared towards skills and competencies that mobilize knowledge, rather than the other way around. 

 At the end of the webinar, national experts made contributions and inputs to the proposed exercises that helped them to understand the core dimensions of constructive alignment, outline learning outcomes, assessment methods, and teaching activities such that alignment is optimized, and use the approach to identify core elements of a new or revised course.