Learning how to make a module is possible and easy.
Now that the schools are moving online, schools need to find ways how to deliver instruction with QUALITY. Learning modules are essential learning devices to use by both teachers and learners.
What is A Module?
According to Wordweb Dictionary, a module is a unit of an educational course covering a particular topic.
Creating a module is different from writing a reference book. A module is comprised of different lessons with different important elements per entry.
Elements of A Learning Module
This will be part of your Cover Page. You should decide what title you’ll use. Creativity is still required, but a few words will do.
- STS 121 Made Easy
- People and the Earth’s Ecosystem: A Scientific Exploration
In creating your title, you should consider also the design of your Cover Page. You can use any FREE online software like Canva to create outstanding learning module covers.
2. Target Learners
It should be specific to the grade or year level of your learners. You can even include this element in your title.
Give your learners an overview of your learning device. Focus on the course subject – on how essential it is for learners to dig more into different topics that you have included.
Provide relevance of the contents of the module to the grade/year level, track, and degree course of your learners.
Set the objectives for making this educational tool. It should always be SMART.
Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound
List down the learning objectives that you intend your learners to achieve after they finished all the activities in your module.
5. General Instructions
Provide your general direction on how they should utilize the learning material. You can include an overview of how you templatized your lessons. If you will be using icons as representations for each important section of your module, you can provide a reference box in this element.
6. Pre-test and Post Test
It is optional to create a Pre-test and Post Test part for the entire module because some teachers prefer to have this element as part of their lessons. However, if you decide to create one, make sure it will cover all the lessons you have included as sub-parts of your material.
As defined, a module is comprised of lessons. You can use the 4A format in each of the lessons as this will organize more your inputs. Depending on your topics, you may merge and mix different, but related lessons.
- Activity (Create a learning activity as a jumping-off point to your topic)
- Analysis (Put probing questions as effective learning stimulants.)
- Abstraction (Provide the contents in the most organized manner.)
- Assignment/Assessment (This can be in the form of another learning activity that serves the purpose of evaluating the acquired scholarly knowledge of your students.)
8. Key Answer
Do not hesitate to provide your learners with key answers. You might have these worries in mind that they might just cheat. However, consider the setting that you won’t be around always to check their answers.
Just make sure that the questions with key answers are those short quizzes embedded per lesson and the answers for Pre-test and Post-test.
9. Suggested Readings
You cannot put everything in your learning module. Even if there is a part that allows you to put content, in order to stay organized, suggest only further readings of the topic.
Do not forget to acknowledge the works of the experts you have utilized in crafting your learning material.
Tip: Here’s how Mendeley can help you with Referencing!
You can always mix and match, add and remove these elements as you finalize your work. Some institutions also have their preferred templates on how to make a module that reflects the identity of the organization.
I hope this list helps.
With so many things to do in preparation for the NEW NORMAL setting in the academic world, at least you have this simple guide to use as a reference.
Let me know in your comments what other elements can be added to my list!