Add Learning Objectives for Students
You can include information which will add context to what students are about to read, and give them direction on what to look for while they read. Adding learning objectives is a great way to provide students context for what they are about to read. These objectives allows students to more easily connect what they are doing in class and what they are suppose to learn.
- Context to fill knowledge gaps
If you are assigning a text about sports history, it would be important to go over basic rules of the sport with your students. More on content knowledge
- Key ideas or core concepts to look for while reading
If you are assigning text on motivational interviewing, you can list key skills for them to look for while reading. You might highlight such skills as: Express and show empathy, support and develop discrepancy, deal with resistance, etc.
- Connect students’ prior knowledge
If you are about to teach photosynthesis, it would be helpful to go back over the parts of plants with your students.
How to add reading objectives
- Open the assignment you want to edit from your Workspace
- Select "Add Directions for Students"
Add instruction and assessment
There are a few different types of instruction, scaffolding, and assessment in Actively Learn:
- Questions - to encourage meaningful thinking
- Notes - used as that digital "tap on the shoulder" to help fill gaps in background knowledge. Can also be used to ask students questions that won't be graded, and are great places for discussions!
- Links - add external content
- Whiteout - remove parts of the text