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The Backwards Design Model

An Instructional Design Model For Vocational Education

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Executive Summary

For my EDIT 526 accessible website project I've chosen to build a site on the Backwards Design model. My primary instructional design focus is in the field of vocational education. Much of my background in teaching and curriculum design comes from my prior military career and current career in consulting to the Navy. The training courses I've taught and developed in the past were focused on teaching specific skills to adult learners, and that is the instructional design area I'm most comfortable working in.

This website is based on the book "Understanding by Design," by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe.(1)

Among the many instructional models, I see the backwards design approach most in tune with the needs of vocational training for adult learners. Many career fields for trades require some type of formal certification awarded by either government, industry organization, or unions. For these trades, the end point is already well-established. The instructional designer does not need to perform the same type of task analysis that the commonly used ADDIE model requires.

The objective of this project is to build a WCAG WG complient website. The final page of this site is the testing plan and test results demonstrating that this site does meet WCAG WG standards.

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1. Wiggins, Grant, and Jay McTighe. (2005) Understanding by Design (2nd ed.). Alexandria, Virginia, USA. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). pp. 1-11.