Developing Educational Resources are an integral part of education. In this article, we will take a look at the process of producing educational resources in South Africa specifically
Effective Educational resources need to have a clear instructional purpose. Therefore, decide on your instructional goal before you start developing your educational resources. Educational resources should help to improve educational outcomes for students by positively influencing teaching and learning.
Learning is an active process that involves many different kinds of connections. People learn best when they can connect new learning with what they already know and can do. They also learn best when they feel that their culture and identity is valued and acknowledged. You must know who the audience is your resources are intended for and do some research to ensure you can connect positively and unintentionally make negative connotations within your resources.
When we are learning how to accomplish a particular task, we need to build knowledge of the disciplines associated with the task actively. For example, a student working on a maths task needs to develop specialised knowledge about mathematical concepts, practices, symbols and terms. It is important you ensure you know what tasks need to be included in the educational resources to achieve the desired education task.
Effective educational resources hold learner's interest, stimulate thinking, fuel their imaginations, and reward repeated use. They captivate both the mind and emotions and build on the learners' cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Keeping in mind that educational materials need to engage the students who are learning is critical to developing effective educational resources.
The primary purpose of assessment is to enable learning. Therefore, an essential part of the assessment is the ability to give and respond to feedback. Effective feedback involves the questions "Where am I going?", "How am I doing?" and "Where to next?". Structuring your planning around assessment is an effective way to ensure it is incorporated.
Effective teachers understand current research about teaching and learning, and they know how to put these theories into practice. They recognise that learning takes place when people critically and collaboratively reflect on new information in terms of their existing knowledge, experience and beliefs
All educational resources used in schools must be consistent with the principles and values of the South African Curriculum and with national and international policies on rights and responsibilities.
Educational resources will only achieve their instructional purpose if their content and suggested activities are aligned with their purpose and with the learner's needs. Educational Resources need to be well structured and appropriate within the learners current understanding and where they are heading in the future.
Let's dive deeper into some of the phases of developing educational resources: <\p>
Before starting development on new educational resources, we need to do a needs analysis and planning. Ask these questions before you start:
Planning is the start of educational resources
The first step of planning is taking a look at the materials that are already available. You don't want to put the work into creating something that already exists.
Knowing your audience is the first step to creating effective educational materials.
Images are a vital part of educational materials. When planning out what graphics, images or photos you are going to use, here are a few things to keep in mind:
The last thing you need to consider is where you are going to make the resource available. Is it going to be a printed or online resource? Do you have the means to disseminate the resource the way you need to? You need to keep in mind once your educational resource is finished, the next phase of the work starts. It is time to review how your resources are received and used by both teachers and students.
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