Because mastery-based learning focuses on results, the Backward Design approach to unit design fits well. In brief, the stages of the Backward Design approach are summarized below:
Stages of Backward Design
- Desired Results-What students will know and be able to do?
- Determine acceptable evidence-How students will demonstrate learning?
- Design relevant Instruction-learning experiences and formative feedback
Differences in unit design for mastery-based learning include but are not limited to:
- Design of competencies that include content application and creation of knowledge.
- Opportunities for different pathways to the same outcome.
- Assessments that are part of learning.
- The opportunity to take summative assessments until the content is mastered.
- A design for differentiated supports delivered in a timely manner.
- A design for students to advance upon mastery.
This section of the web site explores options to create unit designs that focus on these elements of mastery-based learning.