Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Knowledge checks (BETA), part of Learning with Lynda.com.
- Hey there. Matt Fishbeck here to show you a knowledge check. A knowledge check is a learning activity designed to help you self-monitor your progress. Basically, you're going to start by reading a question related to the current video. It might be a recall question asking you to verify some key information in the video, or it might be an apply question that asks you to apply your learning in a deeper and more personalized way. Next, you'll write a response to the question using the integrated note taking tool. Finally, you'll compare your work to the author's ideal answer, and revise your work if you want.
So, to start, you're going to see a question like this. (electronic beeping) Here, the author is asking you to describe the central learning myth he talked about in the video and he recommends keeping the summary to just two or three sentences, nice and concise. Now, at this point, you would normally pause the video and go write a response, but let me show you how first. So, from the course page, when you're signed in, I can scroll down to these control tabs. By default, it's generally in course details. I'm going to click over here on the right, and I'm going to click in "start typing your notes," and, I'll type out a note.
(keyboard clicking) You can write as much or as little as you want, but definitely take the time to write something because research shows that writing down new ideas and rephrasing them in your own words can really improve your learning. You'll remember better and you'll understand better. So, when you're done, you hit enter or return on your keyboard to save the note. I can see it down here. If I click in the box, I can just start revising the note. I can also export all the notes I created any time using this create export tool.
Okay, so here's the question again. Now, this time I'd like you to actually pause the video before the countdown runs out and go write a response. Then, come back here to watch the rest of the video. The last step is the author answer. Here it is. (electronic beeping) Once you have a chance to review the author's answer, you can go back and revise your original response if you think it needs it. So, for example, I'm going to go back to my note and then I can click on the text field to edit it.
In this case, I'm going to add, maybe, the word malleable because I didn't quite use that key term that the author used. On the other hand, if I don't like this term, if it doesn't really work for my personal understanding, I'm going to phrase it in my own words and you should too. So, I definitely recommend trying out all the knowledge checks in this course. If you do, it means you'll finish with a list of your key learning take aways. That is, all of your summarized ideas neatly organized in the notes tool. I hope they're useful to you.
Skill Level Intermediate
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