Microsoft Learn For Educators Program Overview

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Instructional materials are the content or information conveyed within a course. These include the lectures, readings, textbooks, multimedia components, and other resources in a course. These materials can be used in both face-to-face & online classrooms; however, some must be modified or redesigned to lớn be effective for the online environment. The best instructional materials are aligned with all other elements in the course, including the learning objectives, assessments, và activities.

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Why Is It Important?

Instructional materials provide the vi xử lý core information that students will experience, learn, và apply during a course. They hold the power to lớn either engage or demotivate students. This is especially true for online courses, which rely on a thoughtful và complete collection of instructional materials that students will access, explore, absorb, & reference as they proceed in a course.

Therefore, such materials must be carefully planned, selected, organized, refined, & used in a course for the maximum effect. The planning and selection of instructional materials should take into consideration both the breadth & depth of content so that student learning is optimized.

How to Put Into Practice?


Consider these questions as you select instructional materials for your course:

Is the scope and coverage appropriate?What will learners read/explore?What will learners view/hear?What could learners experience/create?Will you find or create this material?Do materials and truyền thông media support & align with the stated learning objectives?Is there sufficient interactivity & engagement?
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Instructors and/or instructional designers should cast a wide net và aim for a variety of materials khổng lồ include in their course. At the same time, they should be deliberate with these choices so that the course has the appropriate combination of instructional materials. Below are just a few categories of instructional nội dung to include in an online course.

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Where to lớn Find Resources?

Examples of Instructional Materials

The following table provides examples and liên kết to resources và tips for the common types of instructional content.

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Common Instructional nội dung TypesExamplesResources/Tips
Print Materials: Readings, Syllabus, Lesson/Assignment Files, Rubrics, HandoutsAssignmentRubricsDiscussion PromptCreate accessible course materials
Digital Media/Recorded Lectures (Audio or Video): Movies/TV Clips/ YouTube, Podcasts, Screencasts, TEDx Talks, etc.
Course Introduction VideoTips lớn create an introduction video

Presentation Materials: Lecture Notes, PowerPoint, Prezi, Adobe Captivate)Prezi Example: John Hawks – Intro lớn Anthropology Course(Tip: use the arrows lớn navigate forward và backward)Adobe Captivate Examples:
Expert Interviews, Guest Speaker Recordings
Case Studies/Scenarios
Educational Games7 things you should know about games & learning
SimulationsUses, trends và implications for simulation technologies in education
Visualizations: Illustrative Pictures, Graphics, Interactive DataTips for using word clouds in eLearning
Third tiệc nhỏ Tools & Software Over 100 third-party tools & servicesfor assessment, content, collaboration, & interactionTools include:
Role PlayingThiagi’s Training Games
Student-Created ContentFor the most part any of the other nội dung types can also be created by students as an assignment và then could be used as examples in your course.Tips for adding student-generated content
Expert BlogsThe Rapid E-Learning Blog is a great resource for building learning. 7 things you should know about blogs
Open Educational Resources (OER): Textbooks, Online Articles, Audio or đoạn clip Clips, link to Online Resources, Databases, Examples; SimulationsOERs to lớn explore

Please note: Not all of the listed technologies are officially supported by the university.