Integrated Course Design

L. Dee Fink

University of Texas, Austin

An integrated course design requires a significant investment in time, energy, and thought but has great potential for exerting a potent effect on student learning. The quality of these decisions is a function of how well the course is designed and how well the design components are integrated. Because few college professors understand the concept of an integrated course design, and even fewer have the skill required to create one, this paper is offered as a way to improve this vital process.

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For additional information on this topic see Dee Fink’s book “Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses” available from Jossey-Bass at