Please feel free to use this page to build a collaborative course resource for others to share

The anatomy of a topic


In its simplest form a topic might have

  • Topic introduction
    • Introductory information and summary of learning
    • How much do I already know about my topic – self analysis activity
  • Learning content
    • Learning content and resources
    • Learning activities – link from show me, coach me
  • Learning practice
    • Provide knowledge to practice and summarise learning
    • Test knowledge and skill

How do you start?

By breaking down your topic to determine what needs to assessed, taught, demonstrated etc. Start with a brainstorm activity and simple mindmap.



You will also need to consider the activities and resources you will use

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Once you know what you are going to include you need to put together a simple design. A simple storyboard can help. In its simplest form you can use the same tools you used for mindmapping:

  • Get yourself some butchers paper
  • Coloured pens
  • Start in the centre
  • Use pictures and symbols
  • Colours for themes and relationships

But if you want to create your storyboard electronically you can't go past PowerPoint. Most people have access to PowerPoint, this is a great tool. This short YouTube can help you convert your paper design to an electronic format using PowerPoint.