This Sunday is Valentine’s Day, a day where we talk about love, and give cards, flowers, and chocolates. But where did this holiday come from? Here is a 5:30 minute video that’s will give you the full history going back to ancient Rome.
So as we think about Valentines Day and school, how do we get students to love their courses? We need to engage students.
Creating an Engaging Learning Experience
To make an engaging experience for students, you should start by making course content impactful and results oriented. We can do this by creating an experience for students, rather than an “information dump.” Drop breadcrumbs of information to lead them on a path of discovery, and be there if they begin to stray off that path. Put students in a mindset of learning.
Make your lessons straight forward, concise and to the point. Remember to focus on the “need to know” information, and be careful about overloading them with “nice to know” information. Make sure you are following your learning objectives to keep you course on track.
With a ever decreasing attention span of students (reportedly 8 seconds!!) make sure that your course comes in smaller chunks. You would never teach an entire semester in one long module. This is true of your lessons. Three 10 minute sections will work better than one 30 minute section. Break things down into manageable pieces for the student.
Again, focus on the “need to know” information, and dive right in. Your student would rather get right to the subject matter than to stay on the periphery for any length of time. This doesn’t mean to forget about supporting material, but be careful of being “in the weeds” too long. Give students the most important information first, then the detailed information, and lastly the supportive information.
When creating multimedia presentations, here are some things to remember:
- Eliminate extraneous words pictures and sounds,
- Use cues to highlight essential elements,
- (Graphics + words) are better than (graphics + narration + text),
- Keep relevant text close to associated pictures,
- User-paced segments are better than continuous presentations,
- Use a conversational tone in your narration – friendly, not formal,
- Limit text as much as possible on the screen,
- Use animated elements with basic transitions to highlight important elements, and
- Try to make it simple and straight-forward instead of having too many graphical elements.
The engaging learning experience is one that includes interaction. Make the student part of the learning by including interactivity that allows them to interpret, analyze, and make decisions.
Interaction also means engaging with the student. Teacher/Student interaction is a key element in keeping students motivated. And don’t forget Student/Student interaction. This is possibly the best thing that you can do for your student to help them feel part of something bigger than themselves. It will give them a sense of belonging, and maybe even open the opportunity for a future love connection!!
I hope you have a great Valentines Day this Sunday! Thanks for reading the FLC!