Incorporate activities and course design to prime your students for success!
Priming your students to learn new information is a foundational step in their process of taking in new topics. Our brains make sense of the multitude of sensory information we experience in a given moment and the retrieval of information in our long-term memories through cognitive schemas. For example, as I write this post, I hear children yelling and laughing. This would be bewildering if my mental schemas for these sounds didn’t include the concept of proximity to schoolyards and my memory that I live by a school. In short, schemas are maps that link information to quickly make meaningful sense of our experience.
Another example is if you read the words “red,” “sweet,” “round,” and “fruit,” you might think of “apple.” These mental associations are part of your schema of “apple.”
Your students bring years of education, both formal and informal, to your course. While you cannot control the experiences that shape their mental schemas, you can impact how they might apply them in your course. In this formal education setting, set them up for success by making the connections they will have to make between their existing schemas and the new topics you are introducing them to.
Below are three strategies for you to think intentionally about as you design your online course.
Pre-exposing your learners to information they need to master creates the pathways for them to recall that information.
Since your students bring a host of prior knowledge to your course, use that to their benefit by providing opportunities for them to be cognizant about connecting prior knowledge to new knowledge.
Have students intentionally recall prior information so they can actively work with it. The subtle but distinct difference between this and activating prior knowledge is that they must do something with the retrieval of this prior knowledge.
Join this Quick Hits session for a demonstration of the basics of Kaltura. You will learn how to upload videos to your Kaltura account, how to edit the details of a video, and how to embed a Kaltura video into Canvas.
Facilitated by Gray Jackson, Learning Technology Specialist.
A Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants at least 24 – 48 hours before the day of the event. This session will be recorded, and all registered participants will receive a link to the recording. Contact James Butler with any questions about this session.
Review our Spring 2023 Events Calendar to see what Online Instruction Development opportunities await!
We have a robust Spring semester lineup of topics and live training formats to support your use of Canvas and other e-learning tools. Topics cover demonstrations of using Kaltura, presentations on inclusive practices for online education, and workshops to get your Canvas site ready to teach!
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All of our live training is recorded. Registrants will automatically receive a link to that day’s video after it has been processed.
Contact James Butler with any questions about these sessions.
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