Connecting Course Materials to Students’ Needs
By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA
Materials Provided for Your Class
When an adjunct instructor is assigned a course they are often provided with course materials that may include a textbook, syllabus, articles, websites, or other resources. Do you review these materials prior to the start of class? How do you decide that you have been given enough materials to effectively facilitate the process of learning? These initial resources are typically developed by a curriculum designer and provided as a means of helping students meet specific learning objectives. Course materials provide instructors with an effective starting point for facilitation of the class and through the process of interacting with these resources it may become necessary to find supplemental materials that help connect students with the course topics.
Why Course Materials are Important
The course materials provide a foundational knowledge base for students and the instructor to refer to when preparing for assignments and class discussions. A traditional approach to the use of assigned readings requires students to memorize information and recite it for class assessments. These resources can also be utilized as a springboard for learning and knowledge creation when students are encouraged to work with the materials, comprehend what
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