The major source of input to the learning process is the learner. Take advantage of every interaction with your students to get a sense of how effectively the learning process is supporting their ability to achieve the learning outcomes. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Start your lectures with an essential question that forces your students to retrieve content learned outside of class time. You may also introduce real case examples, common problems identified in previous quizzes, metaphors, binary oppositions or humour to entice reflection right from the start. The suggestion is to look for possible improvement areas based on your students’ responses.
- Take advantage of active learning strategies to get students to cooperate or collaborate. Use this time to walk around listening for signs of student understanding, doubts or lingering questions.
- Allot time during your lecture to ask students if there are questions on content, on use of technology, or the curricular sequence etc.
- Promote the use of communication channels during your lectures. Ensure you follow your strategic plan to provide and seek feedback to and from your students.
- Use the power of learning analytics to your advantage. Every LMS has an statistics tool you can consult half way through the implementation of your strategy to reflect on your learners’ use of resources and supports.
- Encourage your students to approach you in case of doubts. Communicate your office hours to students and take advantage of the one-on-one time to get feedback on the instructional sequence, resources and support.
- Watch for body language, request further information in case of confusion, and apply changes to your resources and strategies to better suit your students’ needs.