|Developing and using basic teaching resources and equipment|
|Whiteboard, handouts and subject-specific resources||Objectives | Writing on the board | Designing handouts | Summary|
Do you use handouts in your teaching? If so, what form does your handout take? How would you define a handout?
A handout is defined as an instructional tool that complements a lecture resulting in improved understanding of information and test performance in How to prepare lecture handouts (Wayne State University School of Medicine, n.d., p. 1). You'll find this resource really useful, especially since it includes examples of handouts in a variety of formats, e.g. comprehensive text, skeletal or gapped outline, etc.
- Do you agree with this definition?
Some teachers prefer the use of comprehensive handouts, others use very brief handouts. In some cases, the handout might be a copy of PowerPoint slides or a journal article or a page photocopied from a textbook. There are a few things you should consider when deciding to give students handouts. Before designing and developing a handout, ask yourself the following questions.
- What is the purpose of the handout and what do you want students to learn?
- How much detail should be included?
- Will my handouts help to overcome any literacy and numeracy issues that my students might have?
- Will photos, diagrams and tables enhance the quality of the handout?
- What resources do I have to produce the handout?
- How, where and when will the handout be made available to my students?
- Providing digital handouts might be easier for more students to access and manage, especially if they use mobile devices or have missed a class.
- Are there any potential copyright issues?