From Design to Practice Webinar Series 2021
Sara Marsh of the University of Waterloo presents Very Vocabularic! Bringing Language Teaching Insights to Information-Dense Course Design.
Learn how a language teacher designs courses with tons of vocabulary to be learned and then apply these techniques to other information-dense disciplines. Marsh is a teacher and researcher of the German language, specializing in language pedagogy, second language acquisition, and critical applied linguistics.
Courses with the archetype “information-dense” require the learner to acquire new vocabularies or lots of memorized information. A key feature of these courses is that the learner needs to be able to recall large amounts of vocabulary or information (sometimes 500 items) with a high degree of accuracy. The course will typically have other goals besides just information recall, but the information density requires different course architecture than a course that focuses on learning background knowledge (like an Intro to Philosophy course).
Examples: foreign languages, Anatomy and Physiology, A+ Certification, Medical Terminology, Introduction to Building Codes and Standards
Hallmarks of this learning architecture:
--Repeated engagement with information or vocabulary, but in a variety of ways
--Learning objectives may seem to repeat, but careful examination usually shows that there are nuances to the scaffolding of repeated engagement that do result in different scaffolded learning objectives.
--Topics are often much closer-aligned to some course objectives than in other archetypes.