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Curriculum Design Part 3: Producing The Material

This is the third episode in a four-part series on using visual thinking tools to help you design a meaningful learning experience. You can view Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 4 here.

Having done the initial planning in Parts 1 and 2, you’re ready to build the course materials that will serve as the actionable items within your curriculum.

The Empathy Map

To get in the right mindset as you build those materials, start by filling out an empathy map for your typical student. Consider what that person is thinking, seeing, saying, feeling, and hearing.

Curriculum Design Part 3: Producing The Material - Verbal To Visual Video - Doug Neill - sketchnoting, doodling, empathy map, teaching, learning, lesson plan

Build The Course Materials

Now that you’ve put yourself in the perspective of the learner, you’re much better prepared to build the course materials in a way that meets their needs and resonates with them.

Be Explicit About The Transformation

When your students know where you want them to end up, they have a useful context for all of the activities that you’ve designed to help them get from here to there.

Be Consistent With Your Course Materials

Yes, switch things up from time to time to keep your students on their toes, but for the most part maintain a consistent structure to the learning activities as a scaffolding to your students’ learning.

Contextualize Each Step Along The Way

Create a flow with your curriculum by referencing how what you did yesterday relates to what you’re about to do today which relates to what’s coming tomorrow, all of which helps you to move toward the big-picture goal.

Now it’s time to build out your course.

With the ideas above in mind (especially the empathy map!) build out the materials for your curriculum.

Then we’ll explore how to improve your curriculum over time.

[April 2017 Update: I’m currently building a resource kit called Sketchnoting In The Classroom for educators who want to help their students develop visual note-taking skills. If that sounds interesting, take a look!]


Want To Dig Deeper?

If you’re new to the idea of sketchnoting and excited to develop more visual thinking tools, I think you’d enjoy our foundational course An Introduction To Visual Note-Taking.

If you’d like to make sketchnoted videos like the one you saw here, we’ve got a course for that too! Check out How To Make Sketchnote Videos.

And if you’re an educator interested in bringing visual note-taking into your classroom, check out Sketchnoting In The Classroom.