Helping learners engage with the materials

 

There are a number of things you can do to help learners engage fully with the materials. For example:

  • Ensure the activity is clearly relevant to the learning objectives and topic in hand.
  • Explain the purpose of the activity in general; in relation to individual learning plans or objectives.
  • Indicate the time needed.
  • Suggest how ‘big’ an answer is appropriate.
  • Avoid “busy work” - exercises with no clear focus or objective.
  • Avoid vague activities - for example, asking students to ‘Jot down a few ideas about…’ without giving some guidance and structure.
  • Consider alternatives to writing or keying.
  • Ensure variety.
  • Use graphics where appropriate.
  • Be consistent throughout - for example, use the same words in instructions.
  • Don’t have too much text on a page – leave some white space.
  • Give satisfying feedback, for example:

·         the correct answers if there are any;

·         sample answers;

·         other people’s responses;

·         advice as to how the students can assess their own responses;

·         advice about how to get feedback from other people;

·         sympathy about difficulties they may have had;

·         reassurance about, and guidance on, possible errors they may have made;

·         comments on issues raised by the activities.