Introductory messages for lessons, units, sections, or modules can be a dynamic precursor to instructional content. Instructors are able to summarize the core topics, highlight important areas of focus, and/or connect content to other parts of the course and the real world. What do you want students to be thinking about when going through the content? Do you have any real-world experiences or anecdotes related to the content that might provide insight for students? Ultimately, these introductory messages should prepare, guide, and make connections for students.
- Tell a story – Storytelling is a potent tool to help get students invested. Whether the goal is to educate, persuade, or encourage action, telling stories is an effective way to improve student engagement in a course.
- Make it evergreen – Creating an evergreen message entails removing any instructor-specific information. Instructor-specific information should only be in the Meet the Instructor message. In addition, remove all references to specific lessons, modules, texts, resources, assessments, etc., as these may change in the future.
- Make it concise – An introductory message should be succinct. A half-page, double-spaced document provides enough details to effectively communicate your message and draw in your audience.
- Write a script – Many instructors believe writing a script will diminish the authenticity of the message and make it come across as stiff and rigid. In fact, scripts can and should be conversational. A well-written script has the power to captivate students and sound natural. Scripting will also ensure that you don’t miss covering anything and can do so concisely. This also gives both media and instructional design an opportunity to provide feedback before recording.
Introduction Script Outline
Please use the following outline when developing your introductory message script.
- 1. Welcome and Introductory Statement
- Ex: “Hello and welcome! In this lesson, we will be….”
- 2. Core Topics
- What core topics are being covered?
- 3. Focus
- What do you want students to focus on or think about when working through the content?
- What are the key takeaways?
- 4. Connection
- How do the core topics connect to the rest of the course? Program?
- What are the real-world applications of these topics?
- Do you have any anecdotal real-world experiences or stories related to the content that might provide insight for students?
- 5. Closing Statement
- “Ex: Thanks for listening….”
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your media program lead for any and all questions!
Published on March 18, 2020 at 4:43:16 pm CDT. Last modified on March 10, 2021 at 11:20:56 am CST.