Connecting the Dots: Backward Course Design, Arts Education, and Teaching the Holocaust
This chapter focuses on learning efficacy through Backward Course Design. A choral music class project entitled “Musical Responses to the Holocaust” taught Queensborough Community College (QCC) students Holocaust history through the eyes of its victims and was part of the 2014–2015 National Endowment for the Humanities/Kupferberg Holocaust Center (NEH/KHC) Colloquium Series, “Testimony Across the Disciplines: Cultural and Artistic Responses to Genocide.” Course learning outcomes of empathy expansion through kinesthetic expression align with QCC outcomes regarding cultural awareness, civic engagement, and applying concepts to life. The chapter describes learning activities, provides evidence of student learning, and considers future avenues for course design and research.
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