4. Prepare a chapter or module introduction.

A chapter or module introduction will give students an overview of what to expect in the chapter/module ahead and prepare them to learn. This section should provide a concise overview of the content to be covered.

  • Why is it important (what is the rationale for learning it)?
  • How will it be taught or presented (methodology)?

In your introductory materials, include engaging learning objectives and/or outcomes. Be sure that every learning objective or outcome will have content aligned to it.

A learning objective refers to what you want students to learn in the chapter. A learning outcome describes what students will be able to do with what they learn.

  • What do you want students to learn in the chapter?
  • What should they be able to do with what they learn?
  • What skills should students be able to demonstrate?

As an example, to write a learning outcome, complete this statement “By the end of this unit you will be able to…”

○ __________________________
○ __________________________
○ __________________________

Spark students’ interest and prepare them to engage with the instructional content.

Consider including the following content in your introductory materials as well to provide students with a strong foundation at the beginning of each chapter.

  • Video or audio introductions
  • Pre-reading quizzes
  • Critical thinking questions
  • Discussion prompts
  • Vignettes or case overviews