Creating (better) course content
Expert guides on creating engaging and interactive content to support learning.
By Caitlin1 author16 articles
Choosing the right marking template for your contextLooking at the learner and facilitator views to help you, as an author, choose the right marking template.
Active learning techniquesAn overview of ways to keep learners engaged and active, with links to articles demonstrating specific techniques.
Active learning – DefinitionsIdeas for activities and tasks to keep your learners active and help them learn and remember terms and definitions.
Active learning - ordering and rankingIdeas for activities and tasks to keep your learners active and help them learn process, method, framework or hierarchy.
Active learning - compare and contrastIdeas for activities and tasks to keep your learners active and help them learn by looking at similarities and differences.
Activate prior knowledgeStrategies you can use as an author or facilitator to support learners in activating their knowledge (and improve learning).
Concept mapsConcepts maps or graphic organisers are a great way to activate learners prior knowledge and reveal the structure of their schema.
What I KNOW, THINK I know and WANT to know chartsThese know, think, want charts are a great way to activate learners prior knowledge and encourage them to set their own learning goals.
Image promptsImage prompts are a great way to activate learners prior knowledge, act as a visual hook to make associations and recall concepts.
Simple story promptsStories are a great way to activate learners prior knowledge and help learners to connect and recall concepts as simple stories are sticky.
BrainstormsBrainstorms are a great way to activate learners prior knowledge and show the range of concepts within a topic.
Writing sites and tools to useOur recommendations for tools to help with writing great, clear course content.
Course design principles from cognitive sciencePrinciples about how your brain deals with learning and what it means for your course
Cut down that contentFocusing your course (and learners' time) by only including relevant content and cutting down on word count - say more, write less.
Writing feedback for tasks and activitiesIdeas for what you can write in the feedback section of tasks and activities.
How to use Grammarly to check grammar and spellingHow to add and use a Grammarly browser extension as a spellcheck to review your course for grammar and spelling before publishing.