Example: For a course that helps students build a strong online presence, the first task that’ll help a student slowly progress toward the final Learner Outcome could be;
Write a shitty first draft of an email that you’ll send to someone you always wanted to do a cold outreach.
Step 3: ℹ️ Provide Resources and Guidance
Provide ample guidance to the student in terms of resources (videos, articles, PDFs) and context to ensure that they understand the task at hand very well.
Example: Continuing with the course on online audience-building;
Write a shitty first draft of an email that you’ll send to someone you always wanted to do a cold outreach to. Apply any one of the 3 frameworks.
Step 4: 🏟 Set the Stage for the student to attempt the task
Let the student attempt the task, either at the comfort of their own time or allot dedicated time during one of the live sessions.
✒️ Pro Tip: We recommend starting right away in the live session. Because it’s an intentional space, there’s accountability and immediate feedback.
Step 5: 📝 Make a Review Checklist for Feedback
This critical step in the Learning Unit is where the highest density learning will happen. As an instructor, this is your best opportunity to provide contextualised, personalised and relevant feedback that’ll move the needle for your student. This is where you’ll have the opportunity to create a-ha moments for your student.
You’ll notice that most students will end up making the same kind of mistakes while attempting the task. You’ll also notice that most of them will require the same kind of feedback, barring few exceptions.
It helps if you come up with a checklist to help you give feedback more efficiently.
Example: For the task in Step 2, a sample checklist could be;
- Did the student use one of the 3 frameworks effectively?
- Is the email formatted well?
- Flag long sentences.
✒️ Pro Tip: Designing a ‘Learning Unit’ can end up taking forever since the scope can expand endlessly. We highly recommend that you time box the activity and focus on creating more and more ‘Learning Units’ for your course over making one perfect ‘Learning Unit’.