Module 2: Invariant Tasks
Basic Methods of Instruction
1.Kinds of Learning
In the margin next to each display, identify (label) each tactic that you used. Your displays should exhibit good layout (page or screen design), as well as good instructional design. If the nature of the displays is repetitive, you may just indicate that more displays of the same type will be presented in the same sequence, and indicate what content would go in each "round" of displays.
Once you have selected your project and learner population, try to come
up with a "quick and dirty" vision of how you would teach it before you
read on. Then as you read, try to figure out how you would change your
initial vision (if at all) with each new idea you encounter.
You have undertaken a project to develop some instruction. To make the project manageable for you, it only entails teaching the simplest kind of learning: memorizing some mental or physical task that is always the same (invariant). This module is intended to help you learn some of what you need to know to be successful at this project. It starts by discussing the nature of what your students will be learning and why it may be important for them to learn. Then it explores how this kind of learning occurs and how you can best facilitate it.
As you come to understand the principles of learning and instruction
associated with memorizing invariant tasks, you will also come to understand
some of the basics of instruction for more complex kinds of learning.
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