Sequencing Course Content
How you present your course material is as important as what you present. Being intentional about the order and manner in which you structure your course, will help learners more efficiently and effectively develop their knowledge and skills.
There are several models for sequencing course content, but at the center of each of these models is the idea of “chunking” information or breaking content down into manageable components. Content can be chunked at several levels. Course material can be chunked into modules or topic units. Then within a unit, material may further be broken down further including how you present the material in your slides, videos, or reading materials.
Chunking material has several advantages:
Chunks of material are easier to recall → Increases comprehension and retention of knowledge
Helps students know what is “need to know” v. “nice to know”
Supports success for all learners (visual chunking, cognitive chunking)
Chunking by Topic:
Main Topic: Human Anatomy
Chunking Within A Unit (ex. Module 1):
Forms a protective case around the brain
Located: Upper/Back of Skull
Comprised of: Sphenoid, Temporal, Ethmoid, Parietal, Occipital, and Frontal Bones
How to remember: STEP OF