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