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Centre for Academic Development

How do I plan engaging and inclusive learning activities?

Before choosing which learning activities to include in your teaching, it is important that you think about what the students really need to practise in order to achieve the intended course learning outcomes and pass the examination.

Intended course learning outcomes and examinations are not the only things you need to consider when planning your teaching. You should also take into account the student group and vary the learning activities and learning environments. Every student is different, and students learn in different ways. Generally speaking, there are several ways to achieve the same goal. It may therefore be a good idea to work with the students when choosing your teaching activities and environments. Such a dialogue can in itself create engagement, motivation and a sense of security among students and show that students' ideas and thoughts about their teaching are important.

Since activity and interaction with others facilitate students' deep learning in developing both skills and understanding, it is helpful if your teaching includes such elements. It is entirely possible to make learning activities engaging and inclusive whether they are carried out in a lecture for a large group of students, in a seminar for a small group of students, in group work with a handful of students or in tutorials with one or two students.

Keep in mind that learning activities should

  • help students achieve the intended learning outcomes of the course,
  • prepare students for examination and assessment, and
  • be tailored to the students of the group.