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Backward Design Principles

Time limit: 365 days

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Course Overview

Read through the information below carefully before enrolling. For further information, please consult the FAQ linked at the top of this page.

Course Description

This module offers a deep dive into the world of backward design, a powerful framework for creating effective learning experiences in any educational context. Through engaging scenario-based e-learning activities, insightful expert perspectives, and flexible assignments, participants will gain a thorough understanding of the research behind backward design and learn how to implement it successfully in their own practice. Throughout the module, participants will have the opportunity to apply their learning to their own context, whether they are working in K-12 schools, higher education, or professional training settings. For those interested in leading change at a systemic level, the course also includes an optional section on supporting backward design across entire education systems. 


Whether you are a classroom teacher, instructional designer, or educational leader, this course will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to harness the power of backward design and create learning experiences that truly make a difference.

Course Goals

  • I can follow the principles and phases of backward design.
    • I can distinguish backward design from other models.
    • I can identify at least one reason to use backward design.
    • I can summarize important research on backward design.
    • I can use the basic backward design framework to write lesson plans.
    • I can adapt backward design to my context.
    • I can promote and support backward design in my role.

Estimated Time: 4-6 Hours (Half Day)

This self-paced course typically requires 4-6 hours to complete, though the actual time may vary based on individual factors.

Access and Credentials

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Free for Members

This course is a TIE Member course. It is free for educators from TIE Member schools with a code. If you do not know your code, please use the link at the top of this page to reach out and request it. 

Bulk Enrollment

Administrators, PLC leaders, and others can enroll their whole team; there's an option for bulk enrollment in the Catalog for registering multiple members. You first need to reserve and purchase multiple enrollments. After that, you can invite individuals to your purchased seats.

Team Discount

If registering 20 or more individuals for a team or district, reach out to to arrange for special pricing before purchasing.

Credentials: 5 CECH

After completing this course, you can obtain 5 CECH (continuing education contact hours) for South Dakota. CECH/CEUs are free of charge and can be obtained instantly upon completing all requirements.