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Module Three: Why Chunk?
 
Chunking the course into smaller portions helps quell student anxiety on succeeding in the course.  Instead of having all the course material appear on one screen, it allows the students to be accountable also for moving through the course in stages in a timely fashion on their own terms.
How Chunking Helps
  1. Provides an aesthetic arrangement of success and accomplishment for student at each step.
  2. Helps break course content into manageable portions.
  3. Aids in constructing effective assignments at the end of each module or units within a module.
  1. Assists in organizing the course into thematic (or systematic) modules.
  2. Helps quell student anxiety about the entirety of the course work.
  3. Enables students with learning disorders to manage course material.
  4. Affords all students a realistic gauge on assessing their own abilities.
  5. Offers the possibility of "adaptive release" so that students only see the subsequent module after finishing the previous module’s work.
From a student perspective on "adaptive release"

"Chunking"reduces student pressures.  Rather than feeling overwhelmed at being barraged with an entire course’s labor, they take in the course one module at a time. It also increases student success because they feel a sense of accomplishment upon completing each module and learn how to handle each individual course after a set of modules.  As they move forward having grasped the course’s principles through its mini-representation in a module, they are better able to tackle the breadth of the course one step at a time.

Time-released modules make mastery of material a requisite.
Time-released modules give students repeated exposure to material (if student has to retake a quiz/assessment).
Students control the pace of the course. That is, students with greater comprehension of the material can accelerate faster through the course. Those who struggle with the material have more time to analyze the material.
The combination of deadlines and time-released modules build better work habits in procrastinators.
 
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