Understanding By Design

The 1 liner
UBD is a curriculum design method where teachers begin designing a course of instruction based on the outcome. In essence, 'What enduring understandings do I want my students to have at the end of this course?'. The UBD framework then works backwards from this point.

Grant Wiggins & Jay McTighe

Undertanding by Design (UbD, Backwards by Design) is an curriculum design process developed by Wiggins and McTighe in their 2001 book, 'Understanding by Design'.
3 stage model
Learning Experiences

In a March 10th 2011 webinar, here Grant Wiggins explains four big ideas of UbD. They are:

1. Purpose
The purpose of school is not to get good at school, it is to develop genuine understanding that you can use beyond school. therefore...

2. Design backwards from this goal
Design backwards based on a need for real understanding not from coverage of the curriculum.

3. Real Understanding
Real understanding can be usefully defined as independent transfer of meaning making by the student.

4. Use useful tools to demonstrate this understanding