This article will take you through all the steps to create a unit of learning. There is also video of how to create a unit at the end of the article.
1. Click on the Subject Planner tile on your department page
2. Click on the Learning Units tile from the Curriculum Planner home screen
3. If there are existing Learning Unit's you will see them displayed here, just go ahead and click on the New Unit button. If there are no existing units you will be shown the new unit screen automatically.
4. You will now be presented with a series of tabs called Outcomes, Details, Experiences, Assessments, Skills and Reflection. You should now be on the Outcomes tab.
5. You can now use the Add an outcome button to display the Learning Outcomes panel. You can select one or more outcomes to add to your unit.
Note: You can select more than one outcome at a time and use the Strand drop down to filter the list of outcomes. Each outcome will have a coloured bar which represents each strand. This will indicate to you visually that you are choosing outcomes from different strands.
If you see a green circle next to an outcome this simply indicates that you have used this outcome before in another unit of learning.
6. You can now add a Key Learning for each of your chosen outcomes. You will see an alert at the bottom of the screen to let you know which outcomes you have not yet added a key learning for. To add a key learning simply click the Add a key learning button to display the Key Learnings panel.
Note: to learn more about key learning read our article here which explains everything you need to know
All of your outcomes will be selected by default. Enter your key learning and click the Save button to add it. If there are existing key learning's that were previously entered for this outcome before, these will be displayed under the Use Existing Key Learning button. You can use these by simply clicking on the key learning and then clicking the Select button.
7. Next click on the Details tab where you can enter the Unit Name along with the Year if you have not done so already. You can also set the Unit Duration such as August to October mid-term or November to Christmas.
You can also fill in Unit Additional Methodology which is the over arching methodology such differentiation, learning styles or elements of numeracy and literacy.
8. The Experiences and Assessments tabs will allow you to add one for each of your outcomes. Simply click on the Add a learning experience or Add an assessment link to display the panel.
Click the toggle switch next to each outcome that you want to add an experience or assessment for. You can add an experience or assessment for more than on outcome. You also have the option to choosing from a list of methodologies/strategies just by clicking on each one.
Then just enter your experience or assessment details and if you want you can add Resources to the experience or assessment by clicking on the Add... button. Once you are done click Save.
You can also select an existing experience or assessment which will display a list of previously created experiences for the selected outcome(s).
Note: You can use the Supplementary Resources to attach learning content that will be used to differentiate or re-enforce the outcomes with students. These resources will be available in the classroom.
9. Click on the Skills tab to display the Key Skills, Statements of Learning and Well-being options. The key skills and statements of learning that are linked to your subject as per the NCCA specification document will be displayed. Simply click on Add a key skill or Add a statement of learning button to display the panel. Pick the skill or statement from the drop-down and click the Select button at the end to add it to the unit.
Where relevant and appropriate you can use the toggle switch to display the full list of Key Skills and all 24 Statements of Learning which you are encouraged to do depending on the context of the unit and/or outcomes.
Note: The key skills are colour-coded as per the JCT posters and the Statements of Learning are numbered 1 to 24 for visual ques.
10. The Reflection tab is used at the end of the delivery of a unit. It is used to capture what worked well and what would we do better next time using the Worked well and Improvements fields. This is useful for S.S.E and inspections to demonstrate collaboration and will also help foster best-practice within your department.
Simply complete your comments into the fields and click the blue plus button to add them to the unit. Each comment will have the date and the name of the person who completed the comment. Only the person who completed the comment can remove it.
8. Click the blue Save button at the bottom of your unit to save all your information.