3. Determine & plan how students will engage with the content
In this phase of instruction, students will be engaging with the content.
The first step is to pinpoint exactly what knowledge, skills and values students need to achieve the learning outcome and determine the best way for students to engage with this new content.
As you are selecting the sources of content, you will want to consider:
- What content is need-to-know vs nice-to-know for achieving the objectives? This is your chance to weed out unnecessary pages from readings.
- What resources currently exist? (i.e. videos, books, articles, software & simulations, images, learning objects, etc.)
- How will you make the content accessible to all learners? (i.e. multiple means of representation)
- How will you ensure content is presented from diverse perspectives? This is particularly important to engage critical engagement with the content.
- How will you build in (formative) assessment and feedback?
- How will you ensure students understand before moving onto the practice phase?
Once you have identified the sources of content, you can begin planning the learning activities. The typical ways students are introduced to new content is by: reading, watching a video, listening to a lecture, and participating in an experience.
However, depending on your sources and the nature of the content, you may consider taking a more student-centered approach. For example, are there ways students can “discover” the content? How will you involve learners in actively engaging with the content?