A Roadmap for Learners

Roadmaps are common to manage or plan projects. Creating one for learners can be very useful while it helps make them more self-directed and responsible for their own learning. With a shift in teaching, students should learn this involves better time management on their side.

In my previous post, Making the Announcement, I mentioned it is important to provide comprehensive information and links to the course components in order to navigate easily through the course. A roadmap, in contrast, contains detailed information on what students should be doing on a weekly basis.

The roadmap can be in a table format, but I love those that are graphically designed and are interactive. The main parts of a roadmap are:

  • Content to be covered each week
  • Course activities
  • Assignments along with their submission dates
  • Quizzes & their dates
  • The rationale for the activities

Students can refer to it at the beginning of the term to plan their study. They can also refer to it any time throughout the course. They can never resort to the eleventh hour assignment completion since they didn’t know the date of submission earlier.

I personally add the rationale for the activities to encourage the students to do them. Adult learners need to know how useful the course activities can be, and this plays an important role in motivating them.

Any time I go through the students’ feedback on the courses, I notice there are some who are still resisting eLearning and prefer conventional courses. This could be because we merely focus on design, development tools, without considering the fact that this shift of delivery mode is more than just content delivery. I personally believe we still need to provide assistance on study skills and a simple roadmap could be one of those.

How does this work for your courses? How do you provide assistance on ‘how to learn’?

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