Because documents are the building blocks of a good lesson, we’ve recently made them more prominent on the lesson page.
I’m dumbfounded by the premise. I read and re-read the post and I trip over the first ten words every time. BetterLesson asserts the superiority of worksheets like it’s a matter of fact and not up for debate. Even within that debate, I’m not sure I’d put worksheets inside the top ten sturdiest building blocks of a good lesson. Ahead of Wordle, maybe, but definitely behind a can of Play-Doh.
But that’s what’s most interesting to me watching BetterLesson and Edufy sort themselves out. A pedagogical decision hides behind every design decision. When they nudge the worksheets section to the top of the page, they are making an assertion about what they think teaching is. When they ask you to create a course and then a unit and then a lesson, they are making an assertion about the best organization of learning.
Nat Torkington said, “The secret sauce to social software is the invisible walls that steer people towards productive behaviour.” You get what you make easy.
So if worksheets aren’t the building blocks of a good lesson, what is? And, more to the point, is it possible to design a user experience online that promotes it, that makes good pedagogy the easiest, most natural thing to share on your site?