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Module 4: Curriculum Lessons

4.1 Overview of Curriculum Lessons

Curriculum lessons are the lessons you can teach your students in the classroom. Resources available to you within each curriculum lesson can include:

  • Instructor Lesson Plan
  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • Lab Activity
  • Assessment Questions (Document or PDF)
  • Student Resources
  • Online Quiz
  • Interactive eLearning

The U/LINC® Advantage

U/LINC® Curriculum Lessons use a Situation and Interest Approach to teach and motivate the next generation of welders. This approach goes beyond the technical aspects of welding and explains how the theory behind each lesson or lab activity applies to the real world. This prepares students to begin their careers with a better understanding of how to apply both skills and concepts on a job site.


4.2 Accessing Curriculum Lessons and Instructor Lesson Plans

 

An easy way to find and organize lessons is to utilize Modules, which contain all of the resources you need to teach the lesson.

To find Curriculum Lessons:
  • Click the U/LINC® Catalog link
  • Search for the Module in the Narrow Content by Subject Area column
  • Click Add to Learning Plan

 

To Launch an Instructor Lesson Plan:
  • From the Module, select the title of the lesson you want to teach
  • Click Open for the Instructor Lesson Plan -or- Click the title of the Lesson Plan and click the red Open button on the next screen

 

U/LINC® Tip

The Instructor Lesson Plan will launch as a PDF file in a separate browser window so you can download it or work independently of other windows on your computer.


4.3 Using an Instructor Lesson Plan and PowerPoint® in the Classroom

 

Each Instructor Lesson Plan eliminates the guesswork from instructing students in the classroom. Lessons are designed to make it as easy as possible to execute an effective and engaging learning program.
Each Instructor Lesson Plan opens at the beginning of the instructor portion of the plan. The previous pages contain the Student Resource Guide.

U/LINC® Tip

Open or download the Student Resource Guide separately from the Instructor Lesson Plan by clicking the Student Resources link in the lesson.

The beginning of each Instructor Lesson Plan lists:

  • The lesson’s Objective(s)
  • The Resources you’ll need to teach the lesson (handouts, welding lab materials and reference materials)
  • Terms you’ll define and use during the lesson
  • Which lessons students should have completed before beginning the current lesson
  • Ways the concepts in the lesson can be applied in the workplace

The pages in the Instructor Lesson Plan are arranged in an easy-to-follow “T” format

  • The left column contains tips on how to conduct the lesson and icons indicating the PowerPoint slides, handouts and other resources you should use at each point of the lesson
  • The right column lists specific content, instructional procedures and key questions you should cover using the tips and resources in the left column

 

U/LINC® Tip

The VRTEX® icon indicates points of the lesson where it would be beneficial to use the virtual welder to demonstrate a technique. You do not need a VRTEX® or any other virtual training tool to execute the lesson but it does help students learn more quickly.

Using a PowerPoint® with a lesson:

The PowerPoints® contain photos, images, charts and speaking points to help students follow the lesson.

  • From the U/LINC® Module, open or download the PowerPoint® for the lesson by clicking Open
  • Customize each PowerPoint® by adding content, changing speaking points and adding notes to each slide

 

Using the Assessments and Handouts:

The end of each Instructor Lesson Plan includes:

  • The Evaluation/Assessment questions you need to print out and distribute to the students after the lesson
  • The Evaluation/Assessment answer key
  • The handout(s) you need to distribute to students

 

U/LINC® Tip

The Evaluation/Assessment questions are also available separately from the Instructor Lesson Plan. To present the questions as U/LINC® has worded them, click the PDF link. To change the wording of the questions, click Document and save your changes.


4.4 Using a Lab Activity in the Classroom

 

Each U/LINC® Lab Activity is organized like a Lesson Plan. Lab Activities reinforce concepts taught in the classroom and provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students.
To Launch a Lab Activity:
  1. Click the title of a Module
  2. Click a Lesson, then click Open for the Lab Activity -or- Click the title of the Lab Activity and click the red Open button on the next screen

U/LINC® Tip

The Lab Activity will launch as a PDF file in a separate browser window so you can download it or work independently of other windows on your computer.

 

Each Lab Activity opens at the beginning of the instructor portion of the activity. The previous pages contain the Student Resource Guide.

The beginning of each Lab Activity lists:

  • The activity’s Objective(s)
  • The Resources you will need to teach the activity (handouts, reference materials and welding lab materials)
  • Terms you will define and use during the activity
  • The specific welding techniques students will perform during the activity
  • Ways the techniques in the activity can be applied in the workplace

The pages in the Lab Activity are arranged in an easy-to-follow “T” format, similar to the Lesson Plans.

  • The left column contains tips on how to conduct the lesson and icons indicating the handouts, equipment settings or other resources you should use at each point of the lesson
  • The right column lists specific content, instructional procedures and key questions you should cover using the suggestions and resources in the left column

 

U/LINC® Tip

The STEM Connection icon indicates the point in the activity where you can teach students about how science, technology, engineering and math apply to welding.

The handout(s) you need to distribute to students during the Lab Activity will be at the end of the PDF.


4.5 Using Assessment Questions or Online Quizzes

U/LINC® Assessment Questions and Quizzes are included with most lessons in a Module. U/LINC® provides you with the flexibility of using “paper and pencil” Assessments, or Online Quizzes that are automatically graded.

You can download, edit and print the PDF or Word versions of the Assessment Questions for students, and you can easily assign Online Quizzes to students via the Class Management feature.

To Launch a Quiz:

  1. Click the title of a Lessons Module
  2. Click a Lesson
  3. Click the Open button for the Quiz
  4. Click the red Quiz link on the next screen

 

To Assign a Quiz to Students:

  1. Click Class Management in the Links section of your My Learning Page
  2. Click the green plus-sign icon for a class
  3. Click the Assign Learning link on the next screen
  4. Click the green plus-sign next to Items
  5. Type the title of the quiz you want in the Search field
  6. Click Go
  7. Hover over the quiz field and click Select
  8. Click the X to return to the Assign Learning page
  9. Click the Continue button, then click the Assign Learning button on the next screen