Key Takeaway: There are a number of variations to the classic *Title* template that you can use to introduce your lesson content.
In a previous article we discussed the benefits of introducing learners to the lesson’s topic through use of the Title template, before putting forward the core learning content.
In this article, we will look at some variants on this classic formula for introducing the content of the lesson.
Use of narration can be useful for when you want to give a slightly longer introduction to your lesson’s content than would suit the Title slide, or if you want to recap any key information covered in previous lessons, without spending any slides of your current lesson on topics already covered.
Use of images to introduce your lesson content can make the start of the lesson more interesting and vibrant than use of the Title slide. You can use the Text and Images template to do this.
Introduce the content of the lesson in the first paragraph, and then use an image to illustrate the content of the lesson. You can then immediately conduct some knowledge transfer on the same slide, or prime the learner for other content, or questions, on the following slide.
Introduce with Interactive
Certain interactive templates work great 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 on the first slide, you need to be sure that this is not a difficult question. 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 a 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, each of which with their own unique interaction styles. You can use these to change up the way your lessons start to keep them interesting, and optionally keep the lessons even more “micro” by introducing the lesson’s content on the same slide that you conduct knowledge transfer.
Examples include using the Text Sequence template to reveal a breif 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.
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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