ERIC Number: ED280335
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Using Modules in College Teaching.
Giddings, Louise R.
The use of the instructional module in college teaching is discussed. The module is an independent learning package that emphasizes students' learning activities rather than teacher activities. Along with independent modular activities such as reading, writing, discussing, and problem solving, students can use more class time to write, inquire, and share ideas. A sample module outline might include: statement of purpose, prerequisites, objectives, pre-test, materials, program or activities, and post-test. Advantages of modular instruction include: the potential of incorporating technology, a broader base for evaluating students, encouragement for independent learners, and the individualization of instruction. The module promotes students' active involvement and responsibility for the exchange of ideas. Students are informed in advance of unit objectives and are guided to complete various learning activities to achieve the objectives. This approach enables teachers to employ varied strategies and approaches with students. The use of occasional modules also permits teachers to enrich existing programs without radical changes. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Portions of this paper were presented at the Annual Conference of the Community College General Education Association (7th, Schenectady, NY, April 18, 1986).