Week Six Curriculum Development (part 2)


Instructional materials for courses are essentially techniques that can be used to enhance learning.  In the mini-lectures addressing learning styles and curriculum development, techniques are discussed that will lead course developers to instructional material.  These materials may include, but are not limited to, brief lectures, fill-in-the-blank worksheets, Powerpoint presentations, discussion questions, written assignments, oral presentations, and group activities.  A variety of these techniques should be used in each class setting, being careful to maintain a continuity and flow throughout the class.  Three to four different activities within one hour allows for a maximum learning experience.


An example would be a brief (4 minute) mini-lecture, followed by a worksheet, followed by a short time of discussion.  Using three or four different methods to present the information allows different learning styles to process the information while keeping everyone engaged in learning. 


A daily lesson plan allows the instructor to know what the main point to cover and emphasize.  It gives direction for the hour.  It is only a plan.  If the class is successfully learning and the plan doesnít get totally done, so be it.  Donít get married to forcing learning experiences to happen because the lesson plan says it will happen.


Following a learning session, a participant should be able to relate the key point of the session, understand the consequence of making changes based on what was taught, and decide how the information can be utilized or incorporated in his/her life.