The last week was a break from WordCamp/WordPress meetup organizer training as some of the decisions regarding their organization are on hold. So I was doing some work regarding enhancing the Make WordPress Training Lessons. The idea was to make the materials more accessible and didactically digestible for the teachers who are preparing to present them in the classroom. Generally, I think the existing lessons are really good, it’s great that all of them follow a certain structure which contains learning objective, prerequisites, screening questions, etc – it definitely makes trainer’s work easier. If you haven’t seen the lesson plans yet, here is a sample of what they look like: Managing Comments lesson. So to begin with the enhancement the three things we decided should be added are:
- Links to lessons which are prerequisites: that can be used to help the trainer build the learning flow (which lesson should be taught after which), revise the concepts required to move on themselves and let the students know what should be revised.
- Links to some additional resources: 1-3 resources on the topic of the lesson which would slightly extend the lesson or sometimes repeat the lesson content in a different way. The idea here is that these links will help both trainers and students to better digest the content of the lesson through some amount of repetition, but also give the some resources to learn more on the topic.
- Timing estimates: as the trainers are preparing for a lesson it’s important for them to know how much time do they need to allot. Unfortunately this is something which can be best estimated only them actually conducting a lesson, but we can definitely add this recommendation to the Lesson Plan Testing Guide.
Here are the resulting documents:
And just in case – please, feel free to let me know if you have some other ideas on what that should be done to make the materials better!