10 Tips for Creating a Learning Playlist
Have you already created a learning activity on our platform? Maybe you have some doubts or questions about how to do it? Learn from the best! Check these tips prepared by our network partners on how to create activities on Cities of Learning platform.
- Create a common visual identity for the playlist. Your activities will look similar and be recognisable on the platform.
- Start by preparing your cover pictures. It happened more than once, at the beginning, that I had the whole activity set up and ready to go, and then I got to the final step, uploading the cover picture, and I realized I didn’t have any and I had to go and make something up real quick on the spot. Preparing them in advance with all the right requirements is a big time saver.
- If starting from zero, wait with the name of the activity. Have a working title you can always change after the playlist is done. It should reflect the content but also motivate others to take part!
- When describing activity, always have the target audience in mind! Which information do they need? What will trigger them? Which skills can they learn (when your badge will be connected with a skills competence framework). Also include how they can contact you when they have questions.
- Add additional supporting materials about the topic of your activity to inspire participants. E.g. when you are from the Safety Guards Brigade, include an attractive youtube video that your participants like.
- Don’t exaggerate with materials and resources! Make sure there are a few and they’re straight to the point. If too much, we found young people feel less motivated, thinking it will be tons of work.
- When creating an activity think about which skills are important to learn for your participants. Create your badge around this learning objective. CoL partners have many badges systems that you can use for inspiration. E.g. if you can include 21st Century Badges, Entrepreneurial badges, LifeSkills badges in your activity. Earners from these badges will benefit for their well being but also career path development.
- When updating badge tasks, remember to double check who confirms each task. There are different roles such as a participant, leader, group members.
- Don’t get stressed with the ESCO competence list. One activity can’t have a million choices. Choose 2-3 main ones.
- When creating playlists always start with the structure. The first thing you can do in your head is to visualise some kind of order and to get an understanding how the elements are connected. You can start by trying to set fixed (with time and date) activities/events/happenings and then build the environment like finding or producing additional content/resources.