Before, I use print materials just to aid me in giving the students some additional resources for our particular topic and usually it’s in a form of handout. This module made me realize the need to evaluate the purpose of print materials that I used in teaching. After reading the given resource materials for this, it enlightens me of the things to consider when preparing print materials. From the design layout, fonts and graphics to be used in the handout, to the line spacing and word contents of the material, you still need to consider a lot of other factors before incorporating it into your teaching. Questions like “For whom will be this handout?”, “What’s my purpose on giving this handout?”, “How will I effectively incorporate it in my teaching?” and “What will the students do with it?”, are just some of the things that we have to think about when designing and preparing any print materials for our lesson discussion.
Good lay-outing skills and the “eye for design” could not be easily achieved but like what Lamb has mentioned, just keep it short and simple and select an appropriate layout that would not only draw attention but would also encourage reading to enhance positive learning approach. For me, those would be the significant things to consider in making effective print materials. Something that students can use as a reference when reviewing previously learned lessons. But we must still keep in mind that it should also respond to the learning needs of the students. It should also serve as a guide when they look for relevant information as they would look for deeper understanding of the lesson that could further develop students’ independent learning.
Matiru, B. (1995). Printed media. In Teach your best: A handbook for university lecturers. Frankfurt am Main: IKO. Retrieved at http://collections.infocollections.org/ukedu/en/d/Jgtz016e/8.3.2.html#Jgtz016e.8.3.2
Lamb, A. (2005). Designing & developing resources: Print materials (Chap 7). In Building treehouses for learning: Technology in today’s classrooms, 243 – 272. Retrieved at http://eduscapes.com/treehouses/TJ7print.pdf