March 20, 2014
From the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching:
One challenge that instructors face is how to design a course so the material engages students’ prior knowledge and their skills, whether the intent is to build on that knowledge, to interrogate it, or to situate new ways of thinking. When students bring diverse backgrounds, course design is particularly challenging. On the other hand, attending to student differences provides valuable clarity for both students and instructors; and drawing on student differences multiplies the teaching and learning exchange in a class.
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