Integrated Course Design

Integrated course design is a method of designing college courses that systematically incorporates component parts into a coherent whole designed to integrate 1) learning goals; 2) teaching and learning activities; 3) feedback and assessment.

Evidence Base for Integrated Course Design:

Articles and websites

Boettcher, Judith V. “Ten Core Principles for Designing Effective Learning Environments: Insights from Brain Research and Pedagogical Theory” Innovate 3.3, also available at  The author offers ten learning principles to illustrate how recent brain research integrated with traditional pedagogies & instructional design can enrich understanding of thinking & learning processes. Applicable to online and traditional campus classrooms.

Pedagogy in Action: the SERC Portal for Educators A project of the Science Education Research Center (SERC) at Carlton College, Pedagogy in Action features an extensive online library including teaching methods, activities, and research on learning, and an interactive pedagogic service which allows educators to create, contribute and customize learning activities using the SERC Content Management System.


Fink, L. Dee. (2003). Creating Significant Learning Experiences: an Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses. San Fransisco: Jossey-Bass.

Tomlinson, Carol A. and Jay McTighe. (2006) Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design: Connecting Content and Kids. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Wiggins, Grantand Jay McTighe. (2006) Understanding by Design, Expanded 2nd Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.