With so many methods around creating the perfect learning content including structure, method, style, and more, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. At EdApp, we’ve done the work for you to provide an all-in-one training tool that’s completely free to support you in creating the best learning content for your teams without complicating the process. We achieve this through our completely free and incredibly intuitive platform with built-in features all designed to reach your potential through learning and training.
With this in mind, our team of Instructional Designers have created a simple guide for you. Read on to discover the best practices around introducing your lesson content to maximise your learning results.
How to introduce a topic
The first step in creating lesson content is to introduce your topic. This is done clearly by outlining the purpose of the topic along with an overview of the main points before diving in.
To provide some expectations around your learning content, this introduction should simply describe the scope of the material which will be presented to your learners. To achieve this, start by thinking about the context of your lesson. Within your topic, outline the main points that you’re delivering, what you want your learners to walk away with, and how they might apply the knowledge they’ve gained. Once this is determined, you’re ready to introduce your lesson and ultimately deliver the best transformative learning experience possible for your audience.
Within the EdApp platform, there are a number of variations to the classic Title template that you can use to introduce your lesson content. As you’ll see in the graphic below, EdApp not only gives you have the freedom to customize your Title Slide (and every slide within the platform) by including your own title and subtitle, and button text. But here you can also include branding with audio and custom visuals, all of which update in real-time through a preview on the left side.
To provide some choices for you, we will look at some variants on the classic formula for introducing lesson content below. Still want more options? We also invite you to read about the ADDIE model for another way to introduce content.
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How to introduce a lesson
Backed by cognitive learning theory, the introduction of a lesson is established to give the learners some context, structure, and a direction about the content they are about to dive into.
Ask yourself what the learner should be expecting before they begin the lesson, which provides a clear structure and direction for your audience. Try not to overthink this step; simply including a couple of descriptive sentences under your lesson’s title will result in more clarity for your learners, eliminating any room for confusion. Pro tip: Less is more in terms of text within your microlesson. Keep it simple and snappy for the best learning results.
What are some interesting ways to start a lesson?
Aside from introducing your topic to provide context and expectations, you have an opportunity to pique your teams’ attention. From narration to imagery and interactive slides, EdApp offers over 80 templates so you can easily wow your employees with a beautiful and engaging lesson right from the start. Let’s unpack some options below, all of which are designed to suit a diverse set of learning methodologies.
Using narration for introducing the lesson
If you have a lot to cover, the use of narration can be useful, which enables you to give a slightly longer introduction to your lesson’s content without over-running your slide with text. Similarly, the use of narration can be included throughout your lesson, which can be implemented to recap any key information covered in previous lessons, without spending any slides of your current lesson on topics already covered. From EdApp’s powerful authoring tool, simply click or drag a new file into your microlesson and see it transform into audio.
Introduce the lesson content with images
Whether your learner is visual or not, the use of images within learning content is important. Studies show that learners are more likely to believe findings when they’re accompanied with images. It also promotes critical thinking, giving your learners the opportunity to accelerate concepts and increases the likelihood of applying said content.
Beyond its proven benefits from a learning perspective, the use of images to introduce your lesson content can simply make the start of your lesson more interesting and vibrant than the use of the Title slide. You can use the Text and Images template to do this.
In this context, our Instructional Designers recommend introducing lesson content in the first paragraph and then pairing an image to illustrate the content of the lesson. At this point, you have the option to immediately conduct some knowledge transfer on the same slide, or prime the learner for other content, or questions, on the following slide. The choice is yours.
With EdApp’s built-in and completely free Canva integration, you have the option to choose from millions of images and graphics to include in your microlessons. This powerful built-in tool means that creating a truly bespoke learning experience has never been easier.
Introduction of the lesson content with interactive slides
EdApp boasts over 50 templates for you to choose from, and certain interactive templates work best for introducing the topic of the lesson to “wake the learner up”. For example, you can use Multiple Choice: Image to get the learner to select the product they are learning about in today’s lesson. Similarly, you can use any True or False template variant on the first slide, using the takeaway to introduce the content.
When using an interactive template for your lesson content on the first slide, we recommend easing in with a simple question that should be easy for your learners to answer. Remember, the objective here is to introduce the learner to the lesson in an interesting way, not to test them on their knowledge. Similarly, you should not set an incentive or star reward for this slide, as there should be no pressure to get the question right.
Use other Content Templates
There are a number of content templates available to you in the template library, all of which have their own unique interaction styles. To keep your content fresh and unique, we recommend using a variety of templates, which will keep your learners more engaged. This completely free library is there for you to use in an unlimited capacity, meaning training your teams will never be mundane. What’s more, each template speaks to different learning styles so that all of your learners will be engaged.
Pro tip: To keep your lessons even more “micro”, try introducing the lesson’s content on the same slide that you conduct a knowledge transfer.
Examples include using the Text Sequence template to reveal a brief definition of the topic the lesson will cover, or an Image Gallery template set to only display one image, with a short piece of text.
Lesson Content Summary
Introducing your lesson’s topic to learners is key to creating high-quality microlessons. In addition to using the Title template, there are a number of different ways to achieve this objective in your lessons:
- Include images
- Introduce with Interactive
- Use other Content templates
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