So you're going to write lessons. How do you ensure they'll be effective?

There's a century of learning research to help, showing what works, and what doesn't. For example, most students reread their textbook to study for a test. However, we know rereading isn't that effective as retrieval practice. Students ask questions of themselves and others, with flashcards, practice tests, and so on.

Dozens of other books summarize the research. A fave is Yana Weinstein and Megan Sumeracki's Understanding How We Learn. Another fave is Dirksen's Design for How People Learn. Chock full of good advice. SCDM, the Skilling course design model, is largely based on Ten Steps to Complex Learning, by van Merriƫnboer and Kirschner (I'm a kirschnerd).

Read some of these books, before you write lessons, or exercises. Besides retrieval practice, you'll learn about dual coding, concrete examples, and much else.

Skilling supports these methods. Take concrete examples, for... example. My courses use them extensively. I sometimes have pretend students do the work, making mistakes, and doing clever things. Skilling characters come in handy. Like Adela.


Hi! That's me. I show up a lot in Kieran's courses. I do worked examples, ask questions. answer questions... He keeps me busy.

This is is why Skilling rocks


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