This article will discuss types of learning material that will make your course super engaging and valuable.
Making learners participate and engage in class has always been a challenge for course creators. Especially during online classes where participants interact virtually, it can bore people very quickly. As a result, the effective of online classes is often a big question mark.
So, how do we counter that? How can we make sure learners have a valuable experience in our courses? The trick is to diversify and use teaching materials and resources.
Different types of learning material to use in online courses
Here’s what you can experiment with and add to your course.
1. Case studies 👩🏽🏫
Case studies are events taken from real life to explain a concept better. By adding them to your courses, students will not only gain analytical skills and understanding of concepts, but will also remain up-to-date on recent real life cases related to the subject at hand.
2. Worksheets 📄
Lengthy assignments are almost an impossibility in online lectures, especially recorded ones. They require a lot of time and students tend to procrastinate on them when the teacher isn’t around to hold them accountable. Instead, create objective worksheets with short questions and MCQs that are quick to solve. For better results, assign them at the end of every lesson for revision.
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3. E-books 📚
Books are essential for learning. It doesn’t matter what century we are in, they never go out of fashion. And e-books are the ultimate alternative to heavy paper-backs. One can easily store their entire library on their laptop. Do you know what that means? No more ‘I left my book at home’ 😃. Plus, if you’ve published your own e-books, this is the opportunity to share them!
4. Pop quizzes ✍🏽
Pop quizzes are another great way of ensuring revision. Unlike exams, this fun little activity helps learners review content better as they are unscheduled and test the existing knowledge of students. They’re also scientifically backed for being an effective learning tool. Course creators can integrate tools like Kahoot and turn their pop quizzes into an exciting game session.
5. Guest presentations
Unless you have different instructors shuffling throughout your course, it’s important to recognize the significance of brining a fresh face. Especially in recorded courses, looking at you and just you may bore your learners. So, to shake things up, invite popular guests to give a talk in your course every once in a while. Such efforts can boost learners’ interest in the course and the diverse opinions can help expand their understanding.
In education, simulations are also commonly known as role-playing. They can be defined as instructional scenarios where learners are encouraged to enter a “world” set by their teacher, in which they interact as part of the role given to them. Thanks to technology like Zoom and Google Meet, people from anywhere in the world can come together easily for a simulation session that can help you accomplish your desirable results.
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7. Instructional videos
Brief and detailed instructional videos come in handy when course creators are teaching live classes. They are like tutorials that guide people step-by-step through a task. Try to make sure what you’re instructing about is of value and educational for the learner, otherwise it’ll be just another video on the internet. As a souvenir, send a free copy to your students upon completion of the course.
8. Journal subscriptions
By providing journal subscriptions of Jstor, Springer, etc. to your learners you can ensure they are aware of recent breakthroughs in their subjects. This will also give your course an extra edge above your competitors and help them keep up with the latest in research. Most of these subscriptions can cost a lot thus making your course valuable.
9. Training workshops
The purpose of a training workshop is to actively teach learners rather than have them passively consume lecture recordings. Participants are assigned tasks to give them practical education. A training workshop isn’t simply training, rather people engage in intensive activities and discussions in it. This learning strategy works great for technical-skill-based courses like photography or coding.
Even if you’re recording your course, add in the option of a live training workshop. It could work as great value for your learners.
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Students often look for cheat sheets and templates to further gain understanding of and exercise certain concepts. Think of templates as your teaching assistant, they can help students out in your absence. Several sites design and sell pre-made templates, for example, Lucidpress, which you can customize yourself and use in your course.
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11. Checklists 📝
Checklist minimize the risk of failure and keep a tab of all tasks and objectives to be achieved in a course. They can help learners track what lessons and what they need to cover. Checklists are often ignored but in fact, are the perfect self-evaluation tool. So, help your students keep themselves accountable by providing them with one customized to your course.
And that’s all on the types of learning material you should be using in your future course 💯
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