A clearly set out and structured course plan is important – not only for teachers and students, but also for parents. In itslearning, teachers can create a plan for each course that keeps all teaching materials associated with the subject in one place. This article gives you some useful tips and tricks on how to get the most out of the itslearning planner.
Many teachers use spreadsheets when creating plans, so we’ve built the itslearning planner like a spreadsheet. A highly customisable tool, the planner features a set of ready-made columns, but you can decide to add new one or delete or change the names.
Of course, you can do this is Excel as well, but the itslearning planner gives you much more. Your plan is automatically published to the students – and parents. You decide which columns to make visible, and can also create private columns for notes or remarks.
Topics and lessons
The plans are built up of topics which are connected to one or more lessons. It's up to you to decide how to structure the plan. Most teachers use thematic or periodical structures. In a history course a thematic structure is useful: Under the topic "The Antiquity" for example, you can create different lessons connected to the topic, such as "Ancient Greece", "Ancient Rome" and "African Antiquity". The next topic may be "The Medieval Ages", with lessons such as "The Breakdown of Roman Society", "Feudalism" and so on.
Other courses may suit a periodical structure better. This enables you to name topics after dates or week numbers, and use thematic headings for the lessons – or create a lesson for each day. The planner is flexible and fits numerous approaches.
Include course content in the plan
To make sure your students always know what material to work with, the planner allows you to connect course content to the plan. This means that you are simply linking learning tools, such as pages, tests or assignments, and ensures that students always know what to work with without having to browse through the folders in the course.
You can also attach learning objectives from the learning objective library, and the elements appear as links in the plan. For example, you can upload a folder with background material for the students to work with early in the plan, and tests and assignments later on when you are ready to measure what they have learnt.
- It's a good idea to keep the plan at a higher level. Keep it simple, without too much detail.
- Too much text can make the plan difficult to read. Instead, link to elements in the course.
- Use Select columns to rearrange or remove columns you don't need.
- Use the Planner settings to add or delete columns, and to decide who the columns should be visible to.
Read more about the planner in the online help.
Posted on June 6, 2011
by Øyvind Flatnes