We recommend that all courses on BuildUp include recap exercises that helps users apply their knowledge to real world scenarios. In our courses these exercises are often referred to as "Lets Recap" exercises. These exercises draw on the tried and tested principle of spaced repetition and also makes course content more digestible because its presented from a users perspective.
Because we strongly believe in the power of active learning, it is a requirement for all premium courses to include at least 2 recap exercises per course. This provides your users regularly spaced reinforcement of the learning and adds meaningful and memorable interactivity.
Here are three tips for creating Let’s recaps that your users will benefit from:
- Use characters in suitable job roles to frame the task. Try to create a narrative for the question that you are asking. If the task you are setting is relevant for a Client, make the narrative framing it about a Client. Try to use the same characters across the exercises where possible, in order to add consistency to the narrative. N.B. People learn from people, not processes.
- Make the narrative for the task instructions relevant and easy to understand. The mechanics of the Sorting Activity widget means that you have a couple of lines of text to shape the narrative in the Describe your lesson section, but you are limited to 128 characters in the Add an item boxes. You are also afforded limited space for the Type a category title. You will need to craft the question/task to comply with this so consider keeping the questions, category titles and answers as brief as you can, perhaps using a key to abbreviate recurrent words (EG: QS = Quantity Surveyor).
- Remember to guide the user to what you require them to do. If those reading the narrative understand the narrative, they will understand what you are asking them to do. If there are three categories, remember that only 2 show on the default screen so make the user aware that there is a third category by signposting it in the question.
Need more help crafting your exercises?
If you’d like feedback on your course tasks, we’re here to help! Email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org, or share them with our teacher community in the BuildUp Teacher Centre.