Aligning Outcomes, Assessments, and Activities

December 4, 2016

Everyone should have goals.  As a teacher, I find it extremely important to develop goals to allow students the maximize opportunity to learn.  I recently heard about a type of goal called a Big Hairy Audacious Goal, BHAG for short;  This type of goal was developed by L. Jim Collins.  The purpose of a BHAG is to developing a broad goal. beginning with outcomes and developing assessments and activities based on the outcomes.  I used worksheets developed by Fink to help align the outcomes, assessments, and activities for my students.

BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) – Overarching Course Goal

My Big Harry Audacious Goal (BHAG) for the course is: Learners will explore land formations to help understand and appreciate the way the world functions.

To see how I was able to align my learning outcomes with assessments and activities, please check out the following worksheets developed by Fink (2003).  The worksheets allowed my to look at many aspects of learning to develop learning goals.



Learning Goals Learning Activities Assessment Activities
Foundational:Learners will explore land formations to help understand and appreciate the way the world functions. Blended learningSTEMscopes NotesInformal assessment
Knowledge Application:Learners will create a video of the events and formations Time management sheetVideo outline

Group member task chart

Video outlineTime management sheet


Integration:Learners will develop an eportfolio to display their video presentation. Developing ePortfolioIncorporating video Assessing ePortfolio
Human Dimension/ Caring:Learners will develop communication skills by collaborating with students in other locations. Group member reviewsWatch and review peer videos. Comments left for peer
Learning How to LearnLearners will develop technology skills to help with organization.

Learners will develop time management and organizational skills.

Reflective application of the process of the video the students created. Video guide management sheets

Fink, L.D. (2003) A self-directed guide to designing courses for significant learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.