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Teaching and learning tricky topics
Teaching and learning tricky topics

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6 Summary of Week 3

This week you have built on your knowledge of tricky topics in Weeks 1 and 2 and have been introduced to the tricky topics process and its online guide and saw how the tricky topics process can be completed in different ways depending on the context.

You have learned about the constituent parts of a tricky topic and how to structure them effectively in order to fully identify how and why the students have problems. You have developed a tricky topic in your subject area and fed back your understanding to the tricky topics team at The Open University.

You should now be able to:

  • identify stumbling blocks and problem examples
  • understand how the tricky topic process works to improve the teaching and learning of tricky topics
  • understand the different ways that the tricky topics process can be conducted
  • provide feedback of your experiences to IRIS Connect.

Armed with this knowledge of tricky topics and how to identify and break down them into their constituent parts, you are now in a position to be able to consider how you might design an intervention to overcome one or more of the stumbling blocks. You probably have lots of experience of designing lessons. You will learn some different learning design methodologies in Week 4. You can now go to Week 4 [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .