Frequently Asked Questions
What does "content" refer to?
"Content" refers to materials provided to students and can include readings, videos, audio, graphics, links to articles, or any other material containing information.
Does content need context?
It does! When sharing content, consider the student experience as they encounter it -- have they been informed what the resource is about, why they should view it (i.e., its relevance to the learning objectives or the field or even their growth), and what they should do with the information? This kind of context helps generate motivation and gives learners a sense of how to approach the material.
Can I simply post content without an associated activity?
Whenever possible, it is a good idea to have students do something with new information.
In order to help learners recall new information and apply it later, consider creating opportunities for them to encode this information as soon as possible after viewing it -- for example, they could be asked to consider specific questions as they watch a video, or complete a brief self-check exercise that is not for marks, or discuss an article in a discussion forum. Presentation of content can also be woven into parts of assignment tasks. Remember that if learners are not somehow interacting with the content or doing something with new information they've just seen, it may be difficult to recall or apply later on.
How much content should I post?
Less is more. A good rule of thumb is to provide just enough content as a foundation for active application and demonstration of the learning outcomes. Making a large amount of content available without an opportunity to process/encode it may compromise learning off-campus.
A wise person once said something like "Course design is not complete when you cannot add any more content to it. It is complete when you cannot remove anything more from it." (We don't know who originally said it, but our colleague over in Academic Excellence, Camilla Wheeler, had this wise and memorable quote in her email signature years ago.)
Are there any tips on using tools for sharing content?
See the tips below!
Some Tech Tips on Content
See Some Examples