This model begins by providing a solid context for the information that will be presented to learners throughout the lesson. Our goal of this section to give help learners establish a personal framework that will allow them to appreciate and absorb lesson content. From a pedagogical perspective, we focus on inquiry, and prompt learners to think of a single “big” question that will help them grasp why the information matters and how it might apply to them personally. Our goal is to use this as a common thread for the lesson narrative.
Having provided learners a meaningful context for lesson information, we move to the elaboration phase and begin presenting our information. We do this via two content sections: (1) a video overview section, and (2) a reading section that contains core information content. These sections are tied closely to the “Big Question” or inquiry from the contextualization phase.
At this point in our lesson, we want to move learners toward the relevance, to help them personalize lesson information. We do this in two ways. First, we insert a poll or reflection activity to remind learners that the lesson information has significance in their world. This reflection is related to the Big Question or lesson inquiry and is intended to reinforce the lesson narrative.
We also emphasize relevance in an expanded reading section, which is designed to provide a deeper and more “applied” look at the main lesson content.
Having established context, elaborate core lesson information, and demonstrated the relevance or personal importance of our lesson information, we can move learners toward information ownership or agency. We encourage this in our Stackable LessonsTM page model through a resource Toolbox that encourages learners to explore the concept further on their own.
As a final step in our model, we want to take advantage of the learning momentum created through relevance and agency, and have our learners develop content mastery. At the lesson level, we simulate this via a Check Your Knowledge quiz. For a course module, which contains 4-5 lessons, we aggregate our assessments into a longer formative summative quiz.
For college-credit courses, we supplement these items with two summative exams.