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Learning Task Formats

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A learning task format is a routine structure for activities and tasks that provide practice of lesson content. Establishing consistent learning task formats creates predictability and a foundation for success for learners. Consistent learning task formats can also simplify instructor preparation of lessons. An example is using a consistent set of activities for mastering new vocabulary.

Basic guideline: When teaching new content, use a familiar learning task format. When introducing a new learning task format, use familiar content. Be patient. Any new, unfamiliar learning task format will likely be challenging for learners. The beauty of using them consistently is that over time students do in fact become proficient at the learning process, and can in turn assist new or struggling students with the task itself. It gives a high sense of competence to master how we are learning things.