The concept of quality modern day education revolves around creation of lucid and exhaustive content and instructional materials for students. Those who are learning at primary, nursery, kindergarten, Montessori, and secondary nothing can be more important than quality instructional classroom materials and contents. For better academic productivity and learning outcomes, good instructional materials are priceless.

There are various kinds of instructional materials and media as well as different methods that educators can interact with course content. Online content should involve a variety of sources and media formats. An online course typically utilizes several content sources that may be brought forward in front of learners in different types of formats such as text, logo, photos, graphics, animations/simulations, audios, and videos.

The printed instructional materials encompass written content, and does not include non-print resources, that disseminate planned course information. The most commonly used print resources in classroom include, but readings, text books, curriculum, lesson/Assignment files, workbooks, rubrics, handouts, journals, reference books whereas the electronic instructional materials include digital media/recorded or live streaming lectures in the video and audio format. Lessons may also come in other digital formats like Movies/TV Clips/ YouTube, Podcasts, Screencasts, TEDx Talks, etc. With technology driving the world like never before, the latter is gaining prominence. The popularity of hand-held devices like smartphones and tablets has also contributed to its popularity. Technology-based instructional materials podcasts, movies, TV clips are great for keeping boredom at bay and inducing student participation in classroom studies and lectures.

With the changing dynamics of instructional materials, learning is evolving and turning out to be more stimulating for learners. For teachers, it is mandatory to pursue a classroom material development course either online or regular classroom format.

Speaking about printed instructional materials they are chosen by teachers on the basis of their relevance of content material to the planned program, lucidity of text and aptness of vocabulary and content to the age/maturity and standard or class of the students for whom the material is designed. The appraisal of instructional materials, which is followed by selection, is based on accuracy and standards; that is, particular pupil learning objectives.

Another popular choice of instructional materials in classroom for students is the presentation materials which comes in the form of lecture notes, PowerPoint, Prezi, Adobe Captivate) etc. They display content and learning materials in an attractive way to make learning captivating for students of mixed age groups.

The Case Studies/Scenarios are ideal for students at advanced level especially those studying at secondary classes. These are comprehensive investigations of a person, group, event or community. Generally, facts are collected from diverse sources and by using several different methods (e.g. observations & interviews).

How teachers choose instructional materials for students?

Teachers and training professionals are actively involved in the review process. It is actually a panel of experienced teachers who form a team and work together in the review process. It is they who decide what to keep and what to omit in the curriculum. While doing so, experienced educators utilize their knowledge and factors such as how children learn, how to manage a classroom learning environment are taken into account. Most of them opt for a classroom material development course to get familiar with the parameters of reviewing instructional materials for learners.

Join IITT for enrolling in a classroom material development course

IITT introduces classroom material development course for active and aspirant teachers to understand the parameters of creating instructional content and study materials for students. It has brought this course to facilitate teachers to meet the growing demands of modern school curriculum and come up with creative ideas and projects for its exhibition and subject oriented days (like science day/ art exhibitions etc.).

Author's Bio: 

Laxmon Gope is a senior teacher at early childhood level. Besides writing this informative article on Classroom material development course, he has also penned for other topics. Prior to this, he worked as a freelance blogger in a leading digital marketing company.