Understanding by Design: Backward Planning in Instructional Design

Understanding by Design: Backward Planning in Instructional Design

The Understanding by Design framework for Instructional Design and Curriculum Development offers a planning process and structure to help guide curriculum, assessment, and instruction. Sometimes referred to as “backward planning” or “backward design” the two key ideas of Understanding by Design (UbD) are contained in the title: 1) focus on teaching and assessing for understanding and learning transfer, and 2) design curriculum “backward” from those ends.