Modules → Submodules → Skills → Tasks
In Skill Circuits we place the course activities in a hierarchy of several levels to try and make the (often implicit) structure in our materials clearer to students. On the course level, we first define several modules. These often correspond roughly with the larger topics in a course, for example the topic of a week. If we take a calculus course as an example, they could be:
- Complex Numbers
- Multivariate functions
A module can then be split into submodules, for example in differentation you might want to make a submodule for polynomials and another for trigonometric functions (note: I'm no mathematician ;)).
Each submodule then has Skills, these are the main concepts (or skills! :)) that you want to teach your students. In order to master a skill, a student needs to complete a set of tasks. For example the following image shows the skill "Mathematical Induction":
To complete this skill the students should complete 5 tasks. Different task types are represented by different icons and all tasks have a rough indication of how long it is likely to take the students. Three out of the five tasks in the image are links to other sites (like YouTube, Brightspace, or Weblab), allowing students to easily find the appropriate material.