Great Resources Engage Learners
Elizabeth Barkley, author of Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty writes, “Student engagement is the product of motivation and active learning. It is a product rather than a sum because it will not occur if either element is missing.” Of course, the content must be substantively accurate and meaningful. Great courses, in any subject area at any level, enable learners to recognize the value of what is being studied while engaging the learners in active learning.
Provide instructors with high quality courses and lesson plans that guarantee uniformity across different sections.
Provide students with highly engaging, aesthetically pleasing learning opportunities that they can complete from anywhere.
Create year or semester long courses that engage learners with a coherent voice and common elements running throughout.
Create hour- or minute-long modules that provide just-in-time learning or focus on a discrete skill or idea.
Engage learners in developing particular knowledge and skills they need to master for specific objectives.
Engage learners in simulations or real world events, requiring them to logically make critical decisions.
PowerPoint presentations provide an additional focus for any lecture, adding a benefit for visual learners.
Support both veteran and new instructors by providing them with complete resource sets for their courses.
Interactive learning, prompted by learning objects, generates high quality engagement from all learners.
Whether it’s a full textbook or student facing sheets, provide learners with quality information.
Take advantage of pre-existing content and other resources by aligning them to new learning initiatives.
Open Educational Resources
So many free resources exist on the Internet, that can be vetted, curated, and incorporated into learning activities.
Jon Stewart said, “I watch a lot of astronaut movies….mostly Star Wars. And even Han and Chewie use a checklist.” Checklists are extraordinarily helpful. Download this, one of many checklists developed by A Pass, a handy reference on how to develop a competency-based course.