Explained course material clearly and concisely

Understanding your discipline well is not the only prerequisite for teaching it effectively to students. For one thing, that deep understanding can actually blind you to how you should explain things to students who lack a background in the discipline.

Do This Today

In a face-to-face course, take one of your course concepts and explain it in your online learning management system instead of presenting it in class. Create a page (or more) that explains the concept in writing and includes graphics, videos and other material as appropriate. Creating this one-way, instructional message will force you to think through what is missing, what questions students might have about the content, and how best to present the information for someone consuming it without the ability to ask you questions immediately. Follow this up with an in-class activity that requires students to use or apply what they learned from your online content. This exercise can not only provide a good learning experience, but it can help you identify weaknesses in your regular way of explaining material.

Remember that this is just an example of how to get started
 with this Teaching Method.



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