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Course Guides: Reception Scaffolds

Bernie Dodge developed the idea for reception scaffolds to help learners deal with information. They include tools such as

Example. Create a chart with two column labelled: Traditional Approach and Creative Approach. As you listen to the PRI broadcast "Created In China: Education, Creativity and Innovation in China" jot down thoughts in these categories. Be thinking about how this compares to what has been happening in American education.


Glossaries are a great example of a reception scaffold. You may provide the basic structure and ask students to complete the glossary as they move through the course. Or, you may provide a completed glossary. Either way, encourage students to expand and enhance the glossary through adding their own visuals, examples, audio samples, or other resources.

Explore examples of online course glossaries:

Online Resources

It's not always necessary to build these scaffolds yourself. You may be able to link to an existing resource or adapt an idea you find. If you adapt a resource developed by someone else, be sure to give credit to the original developer.

For instance, you could link to the:

If you're teaching an art course, you might use the Artcyclopedia, an online index and search engine for art information.

Read Wiggling at Information Age Inquiry for more ideas.

To learn more about reception scaffolds, use the following external links:

Reception scaffolds help learners handle course information.

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Design a reception scaffold for your course such as an anticipation guide or glossary.

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