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Outstanda Learning Gig Development

Projects and Assessments: Outstanda Learning Gig Development

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Ron McDaniel  

The Outstanda Learning Gig

Introduction to the Outstanda Learning Gig and how to begin planning for the development of the curriculum.
  • Understand the goals and structure of a Learning Gig
  • Plan your own Learning Gig
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Developing Lessons for Learning Gig

This lesson teaches students to develop the lessons that make up a Learning Gig.
  • Plan and Develop Lessons
  • Try Different Lesson Combinations
  • Plan for Core Reading and Support Materials
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Reading and Assessment Development

All courses start with basic reading and assessment development to provide the core information that a student needs to master a topic and complete their learning gig.
  • Reading Creation and Editing
  • Assessment Development
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Individual and Group Projects

Learn how to develop ideas and finalize individual and group projects to make learning more engaging.
  • Generate Ideas for Projects
  • Lay Out Projects in Clear Format
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Create/Integrate Learning Assets

How to find and create different learning assets to help students learn the topic as well as assist teachers in presenting the topic.
  • Know how to find good assets that are public
  • Know how to create assets to aid learning
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Editing, Fact Checking, and Publishing

Students learn how to edit and fact-check materials to make sure facts are accurate, the program is not biased, and there are no errors. Then the publishing process and next steps are explored.
  • Research Skills
  • Bias Awareness
  • Editing
  • Publishing the Learning Gig
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Introduction to Learning Gigs

Welcome to the world of Outstanda Learning Gigs! In this reading, we will explore what exactly a Learning Gig is and how it can benefit you as a college student. So, let's dive in!

A Learning Gig is an innovative approach to education that merges the concept of earning money with the process of learning. It operates on a simple principle: as you successfully complete the assessments of each lesson, you have the opportunity to earn scholarship money, just like taking on a work gig. What sets it apart is that this scholarship money can be utilized for any purpose you deem fit, not just limited to paying tuition fees.

One of the remarkable aspects of the Outstanda Learning Gig is its remarkable accessibility. The platform is designed to be highly mobile-friendly, allowing you to engage with your learning on the go, right from the convenience of your smartphone. Whether you are commuting, waiting in line, or simply taking a break, you can easily access your Learning Gig and make progress towards your educational and financial goals.

The Outstanda Learning Gig provides a wide variety of learning assets to cater to different learning styles and preferences. It recognizes that everyone learns differently, and thus, offers flexibility in the learning process. You have the freedom to navigate through the lessons in any order that suits you, allowing for a personalized learning journey. Additionally, you can focus on the learning mediums that resonate with you the most, be it videos, texts, slideshows, podcasts, or worksheets. The choice is yours, empowering you to learn in the way that best aligns with your strengths and preferences.

One of the standout features of Outstanda Learning Gigs is its inclusivity. Access to these learning gigs is always free and open to the public, with no login required. This means that anyone, regardless of their background or circumstances, can engage with the learning content and benefit from the potential scholarship earnings. Outstanda is committed to creating an equitable and accessible learning environment for all.

In summary, the Outstanda Learning Gig combines the thrill of learning with the opportunity to earn scholarship money. It offers a mobile-friendly platform, diverse learning assets, and a flexible learning structure. With its open accessibility, it strives to make education and financial support available to all. Get ready to embark on a journey where learning becomes a rewarding experience, both intellectually and financially.


  • Completing assessments in Learning Gigs earns you scholarship money, similar to work gigs.
  • The Outstanda Learning Gig is optimized for mobile devices, enabling learning on the go.
  • You can customize your learning experience by choosing different mediums and learning in your preferred order.
  • Outstanda Learning Gigs are free and accessible to everyone, fostering inclusivity and equal opportunities.

Learning Gig Structure

In this reading, we will explore the structure of Learning Gigs, helping you understand the key components that make up this unique educational experience. Let's dive in and discover what makes Learning Gigs so effective and engaging!

Lesson Structure:

Learning Gigs are organized into lessons, each focusing on a specific topic or concept. Lessons are designed to be completed within a week, providing you with a manageable timeframe to delve into the subject matter. The structure of a lesson typically includes a variety of assets and activities to enhance your learning experience.

Lesson Introductions and Conclusions:

While good writing is essential, and it usually has an introduction and a conclusion, it is not always the case that a group of lessons in a Learning Gig will have an introduction lesson and a conclusion lesson. Instead, the first reading in the first lesson might be an overview, but you want to get to the actual material quickly. Likewise, an entire lesson to sum up what a student has learned is not necessary. Instead, a “Next Step” document can be the last reading in the final lesson if you want to wrap things up. 

Remember, scholarships are awarded for each completed lesson, and there should be no lessons that are not teaching new things or are weak in content.


Readings serve as a foundation for acquiring knowledge and understanding. They are concise yet comprehensive, presenting key information in a format that is easy to grasp. As you progress through a Learning Gig, you will encounter multiple readings that explore different aspects of the topic at hand.

Learning Assets:

Learning Gigs offer a diverse range of learning assets to cater to different learning styles and preferences. These assets go beyond traditional readings and may include videos, slideshows, podcasts, worksheets, and more. They are carefully curated to provide a comprehensive learning experience and enhance your understanding of the subject matter.


Each lesson within a Learning Gig incorporates at least one project. Projects are designed to be engaging and practical, allowing you to apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired. They can be individual or group-based, fostering collaboration and critical thinking. Projects have clear deliverables that can be assessed by your instructor upon completion.


Assessments play a crucial role in evaluating your comprehension and progress. They help measure your mastery of the lesson's content and ensure a solid understanding of the concepts. Learning Gigs include three categories of assessment questions: mastery, comprehension, and honors.

Mastery Questions: These questions directly test your understanding of the materials covered within the lesson. Typically, three mastery questions are derived from each reading to assess your grasp of the core concepts.

Comprehension Questions: These questions require more critical thinking and may involve applying knowledge from multiple sources. Six comprehension questions are designed to assess your ability to analyze and synthesize information.

Honors Questions: These questions are more challenging and may extend beyond the specific materials provided within the lesson. They encourage deeper exploration and application of the concepts, often drawing from additional resources like videos or other media.

The combination of readings, learning assets, projects, and assessments within the structure of Learning Gigs ensures a comprehensive and engaging learning experience. It allows you to acquire knowledge, apply it in practical settings, and demonstrate your understanding.


  • Learning Gigs are organized into lessons that can be completed within a week. Readings serve as foundations for knowledge acquisition. 
  • You do not need a separate lesson as an intro or conclusion.
  • Learning assets offer diverse resources to cater to different learning styles.
  • Projects provide practical applications of learned concepts.
  • Assessments evaluate mastery, comprehension, and critical thinking skills.

Planning Your Learning Gig

In this reading, we will explore the process of choosing your course topic and developing lesson outlines for your Learning Gig. This crucial step sets the foundation for creating a unique and engaging educational experience. Let's dive in and discover how to craft compelling courses within the Outstanda platform!

Choosing Your Course Topic:

When developing a Learning Gig, the first step is to select a course topic that aligns with your expertise and the needs of the target audience. Consider the level of students you are targeting, whether it's beginners, intermediate, or advanced learners. The course name and brief summary should clearly convey the essence of the topic and its significance.

It's important to ensure that the course topic does not already exist in Outstanda. As Outstanda aims to provide unique and valuable learning experiences, courses should either enhance existing topics or introduce entirely new subjects.

Developing Lesson Outlines:

Once you have finalized the course topic, it's time to develop the lesson outlines. A Learning Gig typically consists of multiple lessons, each designed to be completed within a week of focused learning. To create engaging and effective lessons, consider the following guidelines:

  1. Utilize AI and Existing Examples: Take advantage of artificial intelligence tools and existing examples from books, courses, and reputable sources. These resources can inspire and guide you in structuring your lessons effectively.
  2. Using AI, integrate several different lists of lessons of various lengths.  
  3. Gather Feedback: Engage with potential learners, experts in the field, and individuals who can provide valuable insights. By gathering feedback, you can refine your lesson objectives and ensure they address the key learning needs of your target audience.
  4. Clear Learning Objectives: Each lesson should have 3-5 clear learning objectives that outline what students will achieve by the end of the week. These objectives should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART).

Outstanda Approval: 

Before proceeding to develop the individual assets for each lesson, it is essential to submit a summary of your course to Outstanda for approval. This ensures that the proposed course aligns with Outstanda's vision and maintains the high-quality standards set for Learning Gigs.

By following these steps, you can create impactful lesson outlines that engage learners and provide a structured learning experience within your chosen course topic.

Remember, Outstanda values originality and the creation of valuable content. As you develop your Learning Gig, strive to offer unique perspectives, incorporate interactive elements, and deliver learning outcomes that empower students.

Plan Your Learning Gig (Individual or Group Project)

Project: Planning Your Learning Gig

Project Summary:

In this project, you will brainstorm ideas for a learning gig, check if similar gigs already exist in Outstanda, and develop a comprehensive plan for your learning gig. You will outline the structure, learning objectives, and weekly lesson topics, culminating in seeking approval from your Learning Gig instructor.

Project Objective:

The objective of this project is to develop a well-defined plan for your learning gig, ensuring clarity in the scope, objectives, and content covered. By completing this project, you will lay the foundation for creating an engaging and effective learning gig.


  1. Brainstorm Learning Gig Ideas: Individually or in a small group, brainstorm ideas for potential learning gigs. Consider your areas of expertise, learner needs, and topics of interest.
  2. Check Existing Outstanda Learning Gigs: Research the Outstanda platform to determine if similar gigs already exist. Ensure that your idea is unique or offers a fresh perspective.
  3. Choose a Learning Gig and Define Details: Select one learning gig idea and determine the appropriate level (e.g., beginner, intermediate, advanced) and the desired duration in terms of weeks or lessons.
  4. Create Learning Objectives: Clearly define the learning objectives for your gig, focusing on what knowledge or skills learners will gain by the end of the gig.
  5. Outline Weekly Lessons: Develop a structure for your gig by listing a title and summary for each weekly lesson. Specify the topics to be covered in each lesson, ensuring a logical progression.
  6. Contact Your Learning Gig Instructor: Share your gig outline with your Learning Gig instructor and request their approval. Be prepared to make revisions based on their feedback and suggestions.
  7. Oustanda Approval: Submit your Learning Gig proposal to Outstanda. 

Evaluation Instructions:

Upon completion of the project, your instructor will evaluate your Learning Gig plan based on the clarity and cohesiveness of your learning objectives, the logical progression of lesson topics, and the overall feasibility of the gig idea. Ensure that your plan is well-structured, demonstrates thoughtful consideration of learner needs, and aligns with the Outstanda platform requirements.

Bias in Education

In this reading, we will delve into the important topic of bias in learning materials within the Outstanda platform. At Outstanda, we strive to create an inclusive and unbiased educational environment. Let's explore our approach to promoting neutrality, avoiding unintended bias, and empowering learners with diverse perspectives.

Neutrality and Balanced Viewpoints:

Outstanda is committed to providing learning materials that do not promote any specific political, religious, or racial viewpoint. Our aim is to create content that is neutral and welcoming to learners from all backgrounds and cultures. This approach ensures that students feel comfortable engaging with the materials, regardless of their geographic location or personal beliefs.

When addressing topics that involve viewpoints, Outstanda materials present multiple valid, fact-based perspectives. This approach encourages critical thinking, fosters intellectual growth, and enables students to develop their own informed opinions. We believe in offering a balanced view of various perspectives to promote a well-rounded understanding of complex issues.

Hostile Viewpoints:

Viewpoints of individuals or groups that are openly hostile to peace, diversity, gender, inclusion, and acceptance of others will not be given equal visibility. They will be excluded, or where required, will be minimized and labeled as problematic thinking. The Outstanda goal is to help foster a more peaceful, diverse, accepting, vibrant, and intelligent world through education.

Grade School to High School Materials:

Outstanda's materials for grade school through high school levels do not include controversial topics. The focus is on providing a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in a wide range of subjects. The materials are designed to be age-appropriate, engaging, and accessible to students worldwide. Our goal is to create a safe and inclusive learning environment where students can explore and grow without being exposed to potentially divisive or contentious content.

Access to College-Level Materials:

While Outstanda does not restrict students to specific grade levels, college-level materials may touch upon more controversial topics. College students have a greater capacity for critical thinking and engaging with complex issues. However, it is not Outstanda's primary goal to take on current controversial issues in society within the general learning materials. Instead, these topics may be explored as part of individual or group projects, allowing students to delve deeper into specific areas of interest under the guidance of their instructors.

Spotting Bias and Avoiding Unintended Bias:

It is essential to be aware of bias in learning materials to ensure a fair and unbiased educational experience. To spot bias, students and instructors can:

  • Evaluate Multiple Sources: Expose yourself to a variety of sources presenting different perspectives on a topic. Comparing and contrasting viewpoints helps identify potential biases.
  • Scrutinize Language and Tone: Pay attention to the language used in the materials. Biased materials may use loaded words or present information in a way that influences the reader's opinion.
  • Seek Diverse Voices: Look for learning materials that represent diverse voices, cultures, and perspectives. Inclusive resources help minimize bias and provide a more comprehensive understanding of a topic.

To avoid unintentional bias when creating materials, it is crucial to:

  • Conduct Thorough Research: Gather information from credible and reputable sources to ensure accuracy and minimize personal bias.
  • Use Objective Language: Present information in a neutral and objective manner, avoiding value judgments or loaded language.
  • Incorporate Multiple Perspectives: Include diverse viewpoints and ensure that different voices are represented, allowing learners to consider a range of opinions.


  • Outstanda materials aim to be neutral and do not promote specific political, religious, or racial viewpoints.
  • Balanced viewpoints are presented, including multiple valid, fact-based perspectives, to encourage critical thinking and a well-rounded understanding.
  • Grade school to high school materials are free from controversial topics, ensuring a safe and inclusive learning environment.
  • College-level materials may touch upon more controversial topics, but Outstanda's primary focus is not on current societal controversies within general learning materials. Students and instructors can spot bias by evaluating multiple sources, scrutinizing language and tone, and seeking diverse voices.
  • To avoid unintended bias, thorough research should be conducted, objective language should be used, and multiple perspectives should be incorporated.


Make a Difference

In this reading, we will explore the diverse individuals who have the opportunity to develop a Learning Gig and contribute to Outstanda's mission of providing accessible education. Let's discover who can make a difference and the guidelines for developing impactful learning materials.

Interns: Interns looking to gain valuable experience in research, writing, and curriculum development can play a significant role in creating Learning Gigs. Their fresh perspectives and enthusiasm contribute to the creation of engaging and innovative educational content. Outstanda is happy to provide interns with experience and a final product that looks great on the resume.

Volunteers: Passionate individuals who believe in the power of education can contribute their expertise as volunteers. Their commitment and dedication help shape the learning experiences within Outstanda's platform.

Subject Matter Experts: Subject matter experts bring their in-depth knowledge and expertise to develop high-quality Learning Gigs. Their experience ensures that the materials are accurate, relevant, and up-to-date.

Teachers: Teachers have a unique understanding of educational needs and can leverage their expertise to design impactful Learning Gigs. Their insights into effective teaching methods and student engagement greatly enhance the learning experiences. The Learning Gig format gives teachers more creativity and flexibility when developing lessons.

Students as Part of a Group Project in Their School: Students themselves can contribute to the development of Learning Gigs as part of a group project within their school. This collaborative approach fosters student creativity, critical thinking, and a deeper understanding of the subject matter.

All developers who contribute to Outstanda must agree that their developed materials will be published exclusively by Outstanda and made available without charge under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC) license. This license allows others to share, adapt, and build upon the materials as long as they provide attribution and do not use them for commercial purposes.


  • Interns, volunteers, subject matter experts, teachers, and students can all contribute to the development of Learning Gigs.
  • Outstanda requires developers to agree to the exclusive publication of materials and use the CC BY-NC license, allowing free sharing and adaptation with attribution.
  • Collaborative projects involving students foster creativity, critical thinking, and a deeper understanding of the subject matter.

By participating in Outstanda's platform and developing Learning Gigs, individuals from various backgrounds can make a significant impact on education and contribute to the global learning community.

Planning Your Lessons

Elements of a Lesson

In this reading, we will explore the key components that make up a well-structured and engaging lesson within a Learning Gig. Understanding these elements will help you create impactful and effective lessons for learners. Let's dive in and discover how to craft compelling lessons!


Each lesson within a Learning Gig should have a clear and concise title that captures the essence of the topic. The title should be between 30 to 250 characters long, providing a glimpse into what the lesson will cover. A well-crafted title helps learners quickly identify the lesson's focus and aligns with their learning goals.


A 2-4 sentence summary accompanies the lesson title, providing a brief overview of the lesson's content. The summary should highlight the main concepts or objectives students will learn and capture their interest. It serves as a quick reference for learners to understand the lesson's relevance and decide whether to explore it further.

Mapping the Lesson:

To structure a lesson effectively, it is essential to map out the various components that contribute to a comprehensive learning experience. Here is an example outline for a chemistry lesson on the periodic table:

  1. Reading: “Introduction to the Periodic Table”:
    • Briefly explain the importance of the periodic table in understanding chemical elements.
    • Highlight the structure and organization of the periodic table.
  2. Reading: "History of the Periodic Table":
    • Explore the historical development of the periodic table, including key contributors and milestones.
    • Discuss the concept of periodicity and how it relates to the arrangement of elements.
  3. Reading: "Understanding Periodic Trends":
    • Examine various periodic trends, such as atomic radius, ionization energy, and electronegativity.
    • Illustrate how these trends can help predict the properties and behavior of elements.
  4. Video: "Exploring the Periodic Table":
    • Share a video resource that visually presents the periodic table, highlighting key features and trends.
    • Reinforce the understanding of element groups, periods, and their significance.
  5. PDF Document: “The Periodic Table”:
    • Image of Periodic Table
    • Questions that help students find and identify elements.
  6. Interactive Exercise: "Identifying Elements on the Periodic Table":
    • Provide an interactive exercise where learners can practice identifying elements based on their position in the periodic table.
    • Reinforce the knowledge gained from the readings and video.


  • A clear and concise title helps learners quickly identify the focus of the lesson.
  • A summary provides a brief overview and captures learners' interest.
  • Mapping out the lesson's components ensures a comprehensive learning experience.
  • Readings, videos, and interactive exercises support the understanding and application of lesson concepts.

By carefully crafting the title, summary, and mapping out the lesson components, you can create engaging and impactful lessons within your Learning Gig. Remember, the example provided here for a chemistry lesson on the periodic table is an outline and can be further developed with appropriate content and learning assets.

Using AI to Develop Logical Lessons

In this reading, we will explore how to refine and optimize the lesson structure within a Learning Gig. By experimenting with different combinations of lessons, merging shorter lessons, and breaking longer lessons into parts, you can create a cohesive and effective learning experience. We will also explore how ChatGPT can be utilized to generate lesson ideas using different prompts and numbers of lessons. Let's dive in and discover the process of refining your lesson structure!

1. Evaluating Lesson Length:

It is crucial to assess the length of each lesson within a Learning Gig. Some lessons may be too short, lacking sufficient depth and engagement. In such cases, consider merging shorter lessons with related content to create a more comprehensive learning experience. Conversely, certain lessons may be too long and overwhelming for learners. Breaking these longer lessons into parts, such as Part 1 and Part 2, allows for better comprehension and pacing of the material.

2. Optimizing Lesson Combinations:

Experiment with different combinations of lessons to find the most logical and coherent flow. Consider the logical progression of concepts and ensure smooth transitions between lessons. Identify connections between related topics and group them together to enhance the overall understanding and continuity of the Learning Gig.

3. Utilizing ChatGPT for Lesson Ideas:

ChatGPT is an AI technology that can be an invaluable tool in generating fresh and creative ideas for lessons within your Learning Gig. By using different prompts and varying the number of lessons, you can explore a wide range of possibilities. Prompting ChatGPT with specific subject matter, learning objectives, or keywords can yield innovative lesson ideas. Experiment with different prompts to generate a variety of concepts and topics to enrich your lesson structure. For example, you can prompt ChatGPT with the following: "You are a high school curriculum development specialist. Generate lesson ideas for a Learning Gig (course) on environmental sustainability in urban areas. There should be 12 lessons. This is a high school course for a social studies class. List each lesson name and a 2-3 sentence summary of what will be covered in that lesson."


  • Assess the length of lessons and merge shorter lessons or break longer ones into parts to ensure optimal engagement and pacing.
  • Experiment with different combinations of lessons to create a logical and coherent flow of topics.
  • Utilize ChatGPT by varying prompts and numbers of lessons to generate a diverse range of ideas to enrich your lesson structure.

By experimenting with lesson combinations, optimizing length, and leveraging the capabilities of ChatGPT, you can refine your Learning Gig's lesson structure and create an engaging and effective educational experience. Remember to consider the unique needs and learning objectives of your target audience as you fine-tune your lessons.

Developing Your Lesson

Planning Out Your Lesson Learning Assets

Once you have finalized your lessons, it's time to plan for the different assets that will enrich the learning experience. While a traditional lesson often includes 3-5 readings and various supporting materials like slideshows, YouTube videos, worksheets, and more, the composition of assets may vary based on specific circumstances. For example, if a professor provides video lectures, the core of the lesson may revolve around those lectures, with supporting materials such as reading summaries. When developing your lesson, it is crucial to list each asset and identify how it contributes to the overall learning journey.

Identifying Learning Assets:

Consider the following steps when planning for learning assets:

  1. List the Core Components: Start by identifying the core components of the lesson, such as readings, videos, lectures, or interactive exercises. These elements form the foundation of the lesson and provide essential content for learners to engage with.
  2. Supplement with Supporting Materials: Determine additional supporting materials that enhance comprehension and reinforce key concepts. These may include slideshows, worksheets, practice tests, podcasts, vocabulary lists, or links to external resources. Choose assets that align with the lesson objectives and cater to various learning styles.
  3. Consider Multimedia: Embrace the power of multimedia by incorporating engaging videos, animations, or interactive simulations. These assets can effectively communicate complex ideas, provide visual demonstrations, and enhance the overall learning experience.
  4. Focus on Accessibility: Ensure that the chosen learning assets are accessible to all learners. Provide alternative formats for different learning preferences, such as transcripts for videos, accessible document formats, and captions for audiovisual content.


  • Plan learning assets that align with the lesson's objectives and cater to different learning styles.
  • Identify core components, such as readings or videos, and supplement them with supporting materials.
  • Embrace multimedia assets to enhance understanding and engagement.
  • Ensure accessibility by providing alternative formats and accommodations for diverse learners.

Plan Learning Gig Lessons (Individual or Group Project)

Project: Planning Out Learning Assets in Your Lessons

Project Summary:

In this project, you will plan and organize the learning assets for each lesson in your Learning Gig. You will determine the readings, other media assets, project ideas, lesson titles, summaries, and learning objectives for each lesson, ensuring a well-rounded and engaging learning experience for your students.

Project Objective:

The objective of this project is to create a comprehensive plan for the learning assets in your lessons, fostering a diverse range of resources and activities to enhance student engagement and understanding. By completing this project, you will be well-prepared to develop high-quality lessons for your Learning Gig.


  1. Review Lesson Structure: Familiarize yourself with the structure and organization of your Learning Gig, including the number of lessons and their order.
  2. Define Lesson Title and Summary: Craft a clear and concise title for each lesson that reflects its main focus. Write a brief summary that highlights the key concepts or skills covered in the lesson.
  3. Set Learning Objectives: Establish 2-5 learning objectives for each lesson, outlining what students are expected to achieve or understand. Ensure that the objectives are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART).
  4. Identify Readings: Determine 3-6 readings for each lesson that align with the learning objectives and provide in-depth coverage of the topics. Consider using a variety of sources, such as textbooks, articles, or online resources.
  5. Select Other Media Assets: Choose 2 or more media assets for each lesson, such as videos, podcasts, interactive presentations, or online simulations. Ensure that these assets complement the readings and add depth to the learning experience.
  6. Create Project Ideas: Devise a group or individual project idea for each lesson that allows students to apply and reinforce the concepts learned. Consider hands-on activities, research projects, case studies, or problem-solving tasks.
  7. Organize the Asset List: Compile all the learning assets, project ideas, lesson titles, summaries, and learning objectives for each lesson in an organized format, such as a table or spreadsheet.
  8. Submit for Approval: Your instructor and/or Outstanda will approve your lessons and details before continuing.

Evaluation Instructions:

Upon completion of the project, your instructor will evaluate your plan based on the alignment between the learning assets and the lesson objectives, the variety and appropriateness of the resources chosen, and the clarity and coherence of the project ideas, lesson titles, summaries, and learning objectives. Ensure that your plan reflects a thoughtful and comprehensive approach to designing effective lessons.

Submitting Learning Gig Lessons

Organizing and Submitting Your Learning Gig Work to Outstanda

In this reading, we will explore how to effectively organize and submit your Learning Gig work to Outstanda. By following a structured approach and utilizing tools like Google Drive, you can streamline the submission process and collaborate efficiently. Let's dive in and discover the best practices for organizing and submitting your Learning Gig work!

1. Creating a Google Drive Folder:

Use Google Drive to create a dedicated folder for your Learning Gig. Each lesson within the gig should have its own subfolder, facilitating easy navigation and organization of materials. This structure ensures that all assets and components are well-organized and accessible.

2. Consistent Naming Convention:

When naming elements within each lesson, use a consistent format of numbering followed by the title. For example, "1. Introduction to Geology" represents the first lesson in the gig. If an element is specifically designed for honors-level learners, include "(honors)" at the end of the title. This naming convention helps maintain clarity and organization throughout the gig.

3. Independent Storage of Images:

Store images used within readings or other materials separately in the folder. This independent storage makes it easier to integrate images into the final gig structure while ensuring proper attribution and copyright compliance. Images can be generated using AI, created by the developer, or sourced from stock image sites, adhering to relevant licensing agreements.

4. Outside Assets

In the case of an outside resource, such as a YouTube video or a link to an article, include a simple document with the link to the asset, a title, and a summary of why it is included. This summary should be a full paragraph. 

5. Copyright Considerations:

It is crucial to respect copyright laws when developing a Learning Gig. Avoid using copyrighted materials without proper authorization. Instead, generate or create the necessary content, or use AI-generated text, which can then be reviewed and refined by the developer. This ensures that the gig is compliant with intellectual property regulations.

6. Collaborative Submission:

Share the folders containing your Learning Gig work with the Outstanda project leader. This collaboration allows for iterative feedback, enhancements, and alignment with Outstanda's mission. The project leader will work collaboratively with you to ensure the gig meets quality standards and aligns with Outstanda's goals.


  • Use Google Drive to create a dedicated folder for your Learning Gig and organize lessons into subfolders.
  • Maintain a consistent naming convention with numbered titles for each element in the lessons.
  • Store images independently in the folder to facilitate integration and attribution.
  • Respect copyright regulations and avoid using copyrighted materials without proper authorization.
  • Collaborate with the Outstanda project leader by sharing the gig folders for feedback and refinement.

Developing a Reading For a Lesson

Developing Readings for Lessons

In this reading, we will provide a step-by-step guide on how to develop effective readings for your lessons within a Learning Gig. Readings are a fundamental component of the learning experience, serving as a foundation for knowledge acquisition and understanding. By following these guidelines, you can create engaging and informative readings that support the learning objectives of your lessons.

1. Determine the Learning Objectives:

Before developing readings, clarify the specific learning objectives for the lesson. Identify the key concepts or skills that students should grasp after completing the reading.

2. Gather Relevant Information:

Conduct thorough research on the topic to gather relevant and reliable information. Utilize a variety of sources, such as books, academic journals, reputable websites, or scholarly articles. Ensure the information is accurate, up-to-date, and aligns with the learning objectives.

3. Organize the Reading Structure:

Start by providing an introduction that captures the students' attention and introduces the main topic. Clearly state the purpose and relevance of the reading. Break the reading into logical sections or subheadings to facilitate comprehension and navigation. Each section should focus on a specific aspect of the topic, supporting the overall learning objectives. Use clear and concise language to convey the information effectively. Avoid jargon or complex terminology unless necessary, and provide definitions or explanations when introducing new concepts.

4. Generate a Rough Draft with ChatGPT:

Utilize ChatGPT, an AI-powered language model, to generate a rough draft of the reading. Provide a prompt that outlines the main ideas and desired content for the reading. ChatGPT can offer suggestions, provide additional insights, or help shape the structure of the reading. However, it's important to review and refine the generated text to ensure accuracy and alignment with the learning objectives.

5. Highlight Key Points:

After presenting the main content, summarize the key points or takeaways from the reading. These summaries should consist of 3-5 bullet points that highlight the most important information or concepts covered in the reading. They serve as a quick reference for students and reinforce their understanding of the core ideas.

6. Review and Edit:

Review the reading draft for clarity, coherence, and flow. Ensure that the content is well-structured, logically organized, and free from grammatical or spelling errors. Edit the text as necessary to enhance its readability and effectiveness.

7. Incorporate Visuals (Optional):

Consider including visuals such as diagrams, charts, or relevant images to enhance understanding and engagement. Visuals can help clarify complex concepts, provide visual representations of data, or reinforce the main ideas. Ensure that any visuals used are clear, appropriate, and properly attributed.

8. Assess Readability:

Before finalizing the reading, assess its readability by considering the target audience's reading level. Use language that is accessible and appropriate for the intended learners. Break down complex ideas into manageable chunks and provide examples or analogies to aid comprehension.

9. Seek Feedback:

Share the reading with colleagues, subject matter experts, or educational professionals to gather feedback and suggestions for improvement. Incorporate their insights to refine and enhance the reading's effectiveness.


  • Clarify the learning objectives before developing readings for your lessons.
  • Gather reliable and relevant information from diverse sources.
  • Organize the reading structure with introductions, sections, and summaries.
  • Utilize ChatGPT to generate a rough draft and refine it for accuracy and alignment.
  • Highlight key points through concise summaries or bullet points.
  • Review, edit, and incorporate visuals (if applicable) to enhance the reading's effectiveness.
  • Ensure the reading is accessible and readable for the target audience.
  • Seek feedback from colleagues or experts to improve the reading's quality.

AI Errors and Cautions

In this reading, we will discuss the potential errors and limitations that can arise when using AI in the development of Learning Gigs. While AI can be a powerful tool, it is essential to be aware of its shortcomings and exercise caution in its application. Let's explore the common pitfalls and precautions when leveraging AI for lesson development.

1. Generality and Generic Outputs:

AI models are trained on vast amounts of data, which can sometimes result in generic or overly general outputs. The generated content may lack specificity or fail to capture the nuances of the subject matter. It is crucial to provide AI with detailed prompts and instructions to ensure more relevant and tailored responses.

2. Inaccuracies and Mistakes:

AI can make errors, including factual inaccuracies and citations from unreliable or false sources. While AI models aim to provide accurate information, they may not always deliver reliable results, especially in areas like math, logic, or puzzles. It is essential to verify the generated content and fact-check the information with human editors or trusted resources.

3. Values and Inclusion:

AI models do not possess inherent values or a comprehensive understanding of cultural sensitivity, inclusion, and diversity. They may inadvertently produce content that lacks appropriate representation or fails to align with these important principles. Human editors should carefully review and ensure that the generated materials reflect inclusive and diverse perspectives.

4. Human Editing and Fact-Checking:

To mitigate the risks associated with AI errors, human editors play a critical role. They should meticulously review the generated content, fact-check information, and ensure accuracy, relevance, and alignment with the learning objectives. Human intervention is necessary to provide the necessary context, curate resources, and maintain high-quality standards.

5. Providing Detailed Prompts:

To enhance the AI-generated content, provide detailed prompts with specific instructions, examples, or constraints. This helps guide the AI model's responses and minimizes the likelihood of generic or unrelated outputs. By giving AI more information and guidance, you can steer it towards more accurate and relevant content.


  • Be cautious of the generality and generic outputs of AI models, and provide detailed prompts for more specific responses.
  • Verify the accuracy of AI-generated content, fact-check information, and cite reliable sources.
  • Ensure human review and editing to address potential biases and align with values of inclusion and diversity.
  • Human editors play a critical role in maintaining high-quality standards and ensuring accurate and relevant content.
  • Provide detailed prompts with specific instructions to guide AI-generated content.

Mastery Assessment Questions

Generating Mastery Assessment Questions

In this reading, we will explore how to create mastery assessment questions, which are designed to evaluate a student's understanding of the materials. Mastery questions are considered the easiest type of assessment questions and are directly derived from the learning materials. They provide a clear indication of whether a student has comprehended the key concepts. Let's dive into the guidelines for developing effective mastery questions.

Guidelines for Mastery Questions:

When creating mastery assessment questions, consider the following guidelines:

  1. Directly Reflect Materials: Ensure that the questions directly reflect the content covered in the learning materials. Focus on key concepts, definitions, or important details that students should have acquired through their study.
  2. Clear and Easy: Craft questions that are clear and easy to understand for students who have studied the materials. However, make sure the questions are not easily guessable for those who haven't engaged with the content.
  3. Multiple Choice Format: Use a multiple-choice format for mastery questions, including options such as true/false or selecting the correct answer among a list of choices. This format provides clear options for students to choose from and allows for objective grading.
  4. Adequate Quantity: Include a sufficient number of mastery questions in each lesson, typically 6 or more. This ensures comprehensive coverage of the key concepts and provides a robust assessment of a student's understanding.
  5. Document Format: Create a separate document in your Google folder to list the mastery assessment questions. Each question should be followed with the correct answer first, marked with an asterisk (*), followed by the other choices or options.
  6. Accessibility Considerations: While it is possible to include images in questions and answers, use them sparingly and only when essential for better accessibility. Ensure that alternative text is provided for images to accommodate learners with visual impairments.

Example Mastery Assessment Question:

What is the capital city of France? 
*A) Paris 
B) London 
C) Madrid 
D) Berlin


  • Mastery assessment questions directly reflect the learning materials.
  • Craft clear and easy questions that test comprehension.
  • Use a multiple-choice format for objective grading.
  • Include an adequate quantity of mastery questions in each lesson.
  • List the mastery questions in a separate document with correct answers marked.
  • Use images sparingly, with proper alternative text for accessibility.

Comprehension Assessment Questions

Reading: Generating Comprehension Assessment Questions

In this reading, we will delve into the process of developing comprehension assessment questions, which are designed to assess a student's deeper understanding and critical thinking skills. Comprehension questions require students to go beyond the surface-level knowledge and apply the course information in more creative and analytical ways. Let's explore the guidelines for crafting effective comprehension questions.

Guidelines for Comprehension Questions:

When creating comprehension assessment questions, consider the following guidelines:

  1. Reflect Deeper Understanding: Craft questions that require students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the course materials. Encourage critical thinking, analysis, and application of concepts covered in the lessons.
  2. Creative Use of Course Information: Design questions that prompt students to apply the course information in creative and innovative ways. Encourage them to connect concepts, draw conclusions, or solve problems based on the knowledge acquired.
  3. Multiple Choice Format: Use a multiple-choice format for comprehension questions, including options such as true/false or selecting the correct answer among a list of choices.
  4. Sufficient Quantity: Include a minimum of 5 comprehension questions in each lesson. This ensures comprehensive coverage of the course material and provides a robust assessment of a student's deeper understanding.
  5. Document Format: Create a separate document in your folder to list the comprehension assessment questions. Provide clear instructions and space for students to write their answers.

Example Comprehension Assessment Question:

Based on what you have learned in this lesson, does a truck get better gas mileage if it is carrying cargo or empty?

A) * Empty
B) With Cargo
C) Makes No Difference


  • Comprehension questions assess deeper understanding and critical thinking skills.
  • Encourage students to apply course information in creative and innovative ways.
  • Include a minimum of 5 comprehension questions per lesson.
  • Use a separate document to list the comprehension questions with clear instructions.

Develop Readings for Learning Gig (Individual or Group Project)

Project: Developing Readings and Questions for Each Lesson

Project Summary:

In this project, you will develop a set of high-quality readings and corresponding questions for each lesson in your Learning Gig. These readings will provide the core content for students to study, while the questions will assess their comprehension and understanding. Additionally, you will ensure that the readings are carefully proofread and may include relevant images or other media to enhance the learning experience.

Project Objective:

The objective of this project is to create well-crafted readings and questions that effectively convey the lesson content and assess students' understanding. By completing this project, you will have a solid foundation for developing assessments and providing engaging learning materials for your Learning Gig.


  1. Review Lesson Objectives: Familiarize yourself with the learning objectives of each lesson to ensure the readings and questions align with the desired outcomes.
  2. Develop Readings: Create 3-6 readings for each lesson that cover the necessary content in a clear and concise manner. Ensure that the readings are well-organized, coherent, and accessible to the target audience.
  3. Create Comprehension Questions: Develop a list of comprehension questions that assess students' understanding of the readings. Include a mix of multiple-choice, short answer, and fill-in-the-blank questions, as appropriate.
  4. Craft Mastery Questions: Design a set of mastery questions that go beyond basic comprehension and challenge students to apply their knowledge, analyze information, or solve problems related to the lesson content.
  5. Proofread and Edit: Carefully proofread the readings for spelling, grammar, and clarity. Make any necessary edits to enhance the readability and coherence of the content.
  6. Enhance with Media (if applicable): Determine if any images, diagrams, charts, or other media can enhance the readings and provide visual support. Ensure that the media is relevant, copyright-compliant, and aids in comprehension.
  7. Organize the Readings and Questions: Compile all the readings, comprehension questions, and mastery questions for each lesson in an organized format, such as Google Docs and name with the standard naming convention. 
  8. Submit for Review: Upload to the project folder and share with your instructor for review.

Evaluation Instructions:

Upon completion of the project, your instructor will evaluate your developed readings and questions based on their alignment with the lesson objectives, the clarity and accuracy of the content, the appropriateness and effectiveness of the comprehension and mastery questions, and the overall quality of the materials. Pay attention to detail, proofread your work, and ensure that the readings and questions support a meaningful learning experience for students.

Honors Assessment Questions

Generating Honors Assessment Questions

In this reading, we will explore the process of developing honors assessment questions, which are designed to challenge students with more abstract and advanced concepts beyond the core materials. Honors questions are typically derived from extended materials or additional resources and require students to demonstrate a deeper level of analysis and critical thinking. Let's delve into the guidelines for crafting effective honors questions.

Guidelines for Honors Questions:

When creating honors assessment questions, consider the following guidelines:

  1. Extend Beyond Core Materials: Develop questions that go beyond the core readings and delve into more advanced or specialized content. Honors questions may require students to apply knowledge from additional resources or explore related concepts in greater depth.
  2. Abstract and Analytical Thinking: Design questions that challenge students' abstract and analytical thinking skills. Encourage them to make connections between different concepts, analyze complex scenarios, or evaluate multiple perspectives on a given topic.
  3. Multiple Choice Format: Use a multiple-choice format for honors questions, providing students with options to choose from. This format allows for objective grading while still testing their ability to analyze and apply knowledge.
  4. Sufficient Quantity: Include a minimum of 4 honors questions in each lesson. These questions should be thought-provoking and demand a higher level of critical thinking, contributing to a comprehensive assessment of students' advanced understanding.
  5. Restrictions on Lower-Level Learning Gigs: Note that honors questions are not typically available for lower-level learning gigs, such as introductory grade school courses. These questions are more suitable for advanced-level courses where students have a solid foundation in the subject matter.
  6. Document Format: Create a separate document in your folder to list the honors assessment questions. Clearly indicate the correct answer among the options for each question.

Example Honors Assessment Question:

In this example, assume this is not part of the core materials, but might have been mentioned in a video or audio.

Which artist is associated with the painting "Starry Night"? 
A) *Vincent van Gogh 
B) Pablo Picasso 
C) Leonardo da Vinci 
D) Salvador Dalí


  • Honors questions extend beyond the core materials and delve into more advanced concepts.
  • Challenge students' abstract and analytical thinking skills with honors questions.
  • Use a multiple-choice format for objective grading of honors questions.
  • Include a minimum of 4 honors questions per lesson to assess advanced understanding.
  • Honors questions are typically reserved for higher-level learning gigs.
  • Use a separate document to list the honors questions with the correct answer among the options.

Individual Project Design

Before a student can take an assessment and possibly be paid scholarship money, they must demonstrate engagement and effort with individual and group project work that is approved by their instructor.

Designing Individual Projects

In this reading, we will explore the process of designing individual projects for Learning Gigs. Individual projects provide students with opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills in a practical setting. These projects typically involve text-based deliverables but can incorporate images and embedded videos as needed. Let's delve into the guidelines for designing effective individual projects.

Guidelines for Individual Projects:

When designing individual projects, consider the following guidelines:

  1. Project Summary: Begin with a concise project summary that outlines the purpose and expectations of the project. This summary should provide an overview of the project's objectives and what the students are expected to achieve.
  2. Project Objective: Clearly state the project's objective, describing what the students should accomplish or demonstrate through the project. The objective should align with the learning goals of the lesson and emphasize the application of acquired knowledge and skills.
  3. Instructions as Numbered Bullet Points: Break down the project instructions into clear and concise numbered bullet points. Each bullet point should represent a specific task, activity, or requirement for the students to complete. This helps students understand the project's workflow and provides a structured approach.
  4. Evaluation Instructions: Include evaluation instructions for instructors overseeing the project. Clearly outline the criteria or rubric that will be used to assess the students' work. This ensures a fair and consistent evaluation process.

Example Individual Project: "Write a One-Page Summary of What You Did Last Weekend in Spanish"

Project Summary: In this project, you will demonstrate your language proficiency by writing a one-page summary of your weekend activities in Spanish. This project aims to reinforce your vocabulary, grammar, and sentence construction skills.

Project Objective: The objective of this project is to apply your knowledge of Spanish to describe your weekend activities in a coherent and accurate manner. You will demonstrate your understanding of verb tenses, sentence structure, and appropriate vocabulary usage.


  1. Write a one-page summary of what you did last weekend in Spanish.
  2. Include details such as the places you visited, the activities you engaged in, and any memorable experiences.
  3. Demonstrate the use of past tenses, descriptive vocabulary, and varied sentence structures.
  4. Pay attention to grammar, spelling, and punctuation to ensure clarity and accuracy in your writing.
  5. Submit your completed summary in a digital format, following the specified submission guidelines.

Evaluation Instructions: Your instructor will evaluate your project based on the following criteria:

  • Accuracy and proficiency in Spanish language usage.
  • Grammar, sentence structure, and vocabulary usage.
  • Coherence, organization, and clarity of the summary.


  • Individual projects provide practical applications of knowledge and skills.
  • Include a project summary, objective, and instructions in numbered bullet points.
  • Clearly outline evaluation instructions for instructors overseeing the projects.

Group Project Development

Students must complete individual and group projects before they can access assessments, which is how they get paid scholarships.

Designing Group Projects

In this reading, we will explore the process of designing group projects for Learning Gigs. Group projects offer collaborative learning experiences where students can work together to achieve shared objectives. These projects often involve developing presentations or other group-based deliverables. Let's delve into the guidelines for designing effective group projects.

Guidelines for Group Projects:

When designing group projects, consider the following guidelines:

  1. Project Summary: Begin with a concise project summary that outlines the purpose and expectations of the group project. This summary should provide an overview of the project's objectives and what the group is expected to achieve collectively.
  2. Project Objective: Clearly state the project's objective, describing what the group should accomplish or demonstrate through the project. The objective should align with the learning goals of the lesson and emphasize collaboration, effective communication, and division of tasks.
  3. Instructions as Numbered Bullet Points: Break down the project instructions into clear and concise numbered bullet points. Each bullet point should represent a specific task, activity, or requirement for the group to complete collectively or assign to individual members. This helps ensure clarity and a well-defined workflow for the group.
  4. Evaluation Instructions: Include evaluation instructions for instructors overseeing the project. Clearly outline the criteria or rubric that will be used to assess both the group's collective work and the individual contributions of group members. This allows for a fair assessment of collaboration, presentation quality, and individual performance.

Example Group Project: "Develop a Presentation in Spanish and Present to the Class"

Project Summary: In this group project, you will collaborate with your peers to develop a presentation in Spanish on a chosen topic. The objective is to enhance your language skills, cultural understanding, and collaborative abilities. Your group will deliver the presentation to the class, showcasing your collective efforts.

Project Objective: The objective of this project is to effectively communicate and present information in Spanish, demonstrating your language proficiency and cultural knowledge. Additionally, the project aims to foster collaboration, teamwork, and effective group dynamics.


  1. Select a topic related to Spanish language, culture, or literature for your presentation.
  2. Divide the research, content creation, and presentation tasks among group members, ensuring equitable distribution of responsibilities.
  3. Collaborate to gather relevant information, prepare engaging visual aids, and create a cohesive and well-structured presentation.
  4. Practice delivering the presentation as a group, focusing on clarity, fluency, and effective communication.
  5. Present the completed project to the class, demonstrating your collective knowledge and collaborative skills.

Evaluation Instructions: Your instructor will evaluate the group project based on the following criteria:

  • Collaboration and teamwork within the group.
  • Quality, organization, and delivery of the presentation.
  • Individual contributions and participation in the group project.


  • Group projects foster collaborative learning experiences.
  • Include a project summary, objective, and instructions in numbered bullet points.
  • Clearly outline evaluation instructions for instructors overseeing the projects, assessing both group and individual performance.

Ideas For Your Projects

A big part of mastery education is a deeper engagement with the material to develop a meaningful and comprehensive understanding. This means engaging and relevant projects need to be presented in each lesson.

Examples of Individual and Group Projects

In this reading, we will provide you with a list of examples for both individual and group projects. These examples are designed to be generic, allowing them to be adapted and used in various courses and subject areas. Let's explore 10 examples of individual projects and 10 examples of group projects to inspire your own project designs.

Individual Projects:

  1. Research Paper: Write a research paper exploring a specific topic related to the course.
  2. Case Study Analysis: Analyze a real-life case study and provide a comprehensive analysis of the situation.
  3. Creative Writing Piece: Create an original short story, poem, or piece of creative writing related to the course themes.
  4. Design Portfolio: Develop a portfolio showcasing your design work, including projects, sketches, and explanations.
  5. Data Analysis Project: Collect and analyze data on a specific topic, presenting your findings and insights.
  6. Website Creation: Design and develop a website related to the course content, showcasing your knowledge and skills.
  7. Educational Video: Create an educational video presenting a concept or topic from the course in an engaging and informative way.
  8. Reflection Journal: Keep a journal reflecting on your learning experiences and insights throughout the course.
  9. Prototype Development: Build a functional prototype or model demonstrating a concept or innovation relevant to the course.
  10. Case Study Solution: Analyze a complex problem and propose a viable solution supported by evidence and critical thinking.

Group Projects:

  1. Group Presentation: Design and deliver a collaborative presentation on a specific topic from the course.
  2. Debate: Organize a group debate on a controversial topic related to the course, presenting different perspectives.
  3. Community Service Project: Plan and execute a community service project that addresses a local issue relevant to the course.
  4. Marketing Campaign: Develop a marketing campaign for a fictional or real product, incorporating various promotional strategies.
  5. Simulation or Role-Play: Engage in a simulation or role-play activity that explores a real-life scenario relevant to the course.
  6. Group Research Project: Conduct a collaborative research project on a specific aspect or problem within the course's domain.
  7. Design and Build: Collaboratively design and construct a physical or digital product related to the course content.
  8. Group Exhibition: Curate a group exhibition showcasing different works or projects related to the course's themes.
  9. Policy Proposal: Develop a comprehensive policy proposal addressing a societal issue connected to the course's subject matter.
  10. Business Plan: Collaboratively create a business plan for a new venture, incorporating relevant concepts and strategies.


  • Individual projects offer opportunities for personal exploration and demonstration of skills.
  • Group projects foster collaboration, teamwork, and shared responsibilities.
  • Use the provided examples as inspiration and adapt them to fit your specific course and learning objectives.

Project Design Project (Individual or Group)

Project: Designing Projects for Each Lesson

Project Summary:

In this project, you will design individual or group projects for each lesson in your Learning Gig. These projects will provide hands-on, practical activities that allow students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the lessons. You will also create a document outlining the format and layout of the project, ensuring clarity and consistency across all projects.

Project Objective:

The objective of this project is to develop engaging and meaningful projects that align with the lesson content and encourage active learning. By completing this project, you will have a comprehensive set of projects that can be implemented to enhance student learning in your Learning Gig.


  1. Review Lesson Objectives: Familiarize yourself with the learning objectives of each lesson to ensure the projects align with the desired outcomes.
  2. Create Project Ideas: Generate a list of project ideas for each lesson that provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and skills. Consider the resources available to students and the level of complexity appropriate for the lesson.
  3. Choose Individual or Group Projects: Determine whether the projects will be designed for individual students or for groups. Consider the benefits and challenges of each approach and select the most suitable option for each lesson.
  4. Use Defined Layout: Create a document that outlines the format and layout of the project for consistency across all lessons and you can use this project as an example. Include sections such as project title, objective, materials needed (if any), step-by-step instructions, and assessment criteria.
  5. Provide Clear Instructions: Write detailed and clear instructions for each project, ensuring that students understand what is expected of them. Use a logical sequence of steps and provide any necessary examples or resources.
  6. Consider Differentiation: Consider how you can provide options for students with different learning needs and abilities. Include modifications or extensions to the projects to accommodate diverse learners.
  7. Review and Edit: Carefully review and edit the project documents to ensure clarity, coherence, and alignment with the lesson content. Proofread for spelling and grammatical errors.
  8. Submit via Google Drive Project Folder: Submit so that your instructor and Outstanda can review your work and give you feedback. 

Evaluation Instructions:

Upon completion of the project, your instructor will evaluate your designed projects based on their alignment with the lesson objectives, the clarity and coherence of the instructions, the appropriateness of the format and layout document, and the overall quality and creativity of the project ideas. Pay attention to detail, consider different learning needs, and ensure that the projects provide engaging and meaningful learning experiences for students.

Learning Assets Overview

Types of Learning Assets

In today's educational landscape, educators have access to a wide range of learning assets that can be utilized to enhance lessons and support core readings. These assets play a crucial role in engaging students, promoting active learning, and deepening their understanding of the subject matter. In this article, we will explore different types of learning assets commonly used in lessons, including practice tests, vocabulary slides, slide shows, PDF worksheets, study guides, YouTube videos, podcast episodes, and links to outside resources. We will describe each asset, provide examples, and discuss how they contribute to student learning.

Practice Tests:

Description: Practice tests are designed to assess students' knowledge and understanding of the material covered in the lesson. They typically consist of questions or problems similar to those encountered in the actual assessment. These typically take the shape of a slide show that asks a question and then reveals the answer on the next slide.

Possible Uses: Practice tests help students evaluate their own learning, identify areas of weakness, and prepare for upcoming assessments. They provide an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and reinforce key concepts.

Vocabulary Slides:

Description: Vocabulary slides include a compilation of important terms and their definitions, presented in a visually appealing format.

Possible Uses: Vocabulary slides help students develop a strong foundation in subject-specific terminology. They facilitate vocabulary acquisition, comprehension, and retention, enabling students to effectively communicate and discuss key concepts.

Slide Shows:

Description: Slide shows are visual presentations that combine text, images, and multimedia elements to convey information in a structured and engaging manner.

Possible Uses: Slide shows are versatile learning assets that can be used for various purposes. They can introduce new topics, present key points, summarize information, provide examples, or stimulate class discussions. Visual presentations enhance student engagement and support different learning styles.

PDF Worksheets:

Description: PDF worksheets are printable documents that contain exercises, questions, or activities related to the lesson content. They can cover a range of topics, including problem-solving, critical thinking, and comprehension.

Possible Uses: PDF worksheets offer opportunities for students to practice and apply what they have learned. They encourage independent work, promote skill development, and provide valuable feedback on students' progress.

Study Guides:

Description: Study guides serve as comprehensive resources that summarize and organize essential information from the lesson. They often include key concepts, summaries, examples, and additional resources.

Possible Uses: Study guides to support students in reviewing and revisiting the lesson material. They facilitate effective studying, assist with exam preparation, and promote self-directed learning.

YouTube Videos:

Description: YouTube videos are multimedia resources available on the popular video-sharing platform. They can be educational, informative, or entertaining and cover a wide range of topics.

Possible Uses: YouTube videos offer visual and auditory learning experiences, making complex topics more accessible and engaging. They can supplement the lesson content, provide real-world examples, demonstrate experiments or processes, and foster deeper understanding.

Podcast Episodes:

Description: Podcast episodes are audio recordings that explore specific topics or themes. They can feature interviews, discussions, storytelling, or expert insights. 

Possible Uses: Podcast episodes provide an alternative medium for delivering content and engaging students. They can be used for listening comprehension exercises, stimulate critical thinking and reflection, and promote active engagement with the material.

Links to Outside Resources:

Description: Links to outside resources refer to hyperlinks that direct students to relevant websites, articles, academic journals, or reputable online sources related to the lesson topic.

Possible Uses: While used sparingly due to the need to control outside content, links to outside resources can enrich students' understanding by providing additional perspectives, up-to-date information, or diverse viewpoints. They encourage independent research, critical evaluation, and deeper exploration of the subject matter.

Quick Summary:

  • Practice Tests: Interactive assessments that allow students to apply their knowledge and practice skills.
  • Vocabulary Slides: Slides containing subject-specific vocabulary to help students build their understanding and communication.
  • Slide Shows: Multimedia presentations that provide visual aids to explain complex concepts and engage students.
  • PDF Worksheets: Printable worksheets that offer additional practice and reinforcement of lesson content.
  • Study Guides: Comprehensive guides that summarize key concepts, offer review materials, and assist in exam preparation.
  • YouTube Videos: Video content that presents information in an engaging and visual format, catering to different learning styles.
  • Podcast Episodes: Audio episodes that provide supplementary explanations, discussions, and real-world applications.
  • Links to Outside Resources: Carefully curated links to external sources for additional perspectives, research, and information.

Benefits and Uses of Learning Assets

  • Active Engagement: Learning assets encourage active participation, enabling students to apply their knowledge and deepen their understanding.
  • Multimodal Learning: Different types of assets cater to diverse learning styles and preferences, ensuring accessibility for all students.
  • Reinforcement and Practice: Practice tests, worksheets, and study guides provide opportunities for students to reinforce their learning and prepare for assessments.
  • Vocabulary Acquisition: Vocabulary slides assist students in building a robust subject-specific vocabulary, enhancing communication and comprehension.
  • Multimedia Enhancements: YouTube videos and podcast episodes offer visual and auditory stimuli, making abstract topics more accessible and engaging.
  • Additional Perspectives: Links to outside resources allow students to explore different viewpoints and conduct independent research.


Incorporating a diverse range of learning assets in lessons can significantly enhance the educational experience for students. By utilizing practice tests, vocabulary slides, slide shows, PDF worksheets, study guides, YouTube videos, podcast episodes, and links to outside resources, educators can provide valuable resources that support and reinforce core readings. Learning assets promote active engagement, cater to different learning styles, facilitate reinforcement and practice, enhance vocabulary acquisition, provide multimedia enhancements, and offer additional perspectives. 

  • Active Engagement: Learning assets encourage active participation and engagement, enabling students to apply their knowledge, practice skills, and deepen their understanding.
  • Multimodal Learning: Different types of assets, such as slide shows, videos, and podcasts, cater to diverse learning styles and preferences, ensuring that students have access to materials that resonate with them.
  • Reinforcement and Practice: Practice tests, worksheets, and study guides offer opportunities for students to reinforce their learning, identify areas of improvement, and prepare for assessments.
  • Vocabulary Acquisition: Vocabulary slides assist students in building a robust subject-specific vocabulary, enhancing their ability to communicate and grasp complex concepts.
  • Multimedia Enhancements: YouTube videos and podcast episodes provide visual and auditory stimuli, making abstract or challenging topics more accessible, relatable, and engaging.
  • Additional Perspectives: Links to outside resources offer students the chance to explore different viewpoints, current research, and additional information related to the lesson content, fostering critical thinking and independent research skills.

By incorporating these assets into lessons, educators create a dynamic and enriching learning environment that supports students' diverse needs, enhances comprehension, and cultivates a lifelong love for learning.

Learning Gig PDF Creation

In the world of learning gigs on Outstanda, PDF documents play a crucial role in providing printable materials for students, particularly in courses aimed at younger learners. These PDFs often include worksheets, coloring pages, practice writing sheets, puzzles, and even In

In the world of learning gigs on Outstanda, PDF documents play a crucial role in providing printable materials for students, particularly in courses aimed at younger learners. These PDFs often include worksheets, coloring pages, practice writing sheets, puzzles, and even forms to facilitate group projects. To ensure the best user experience, developers should follow certain guidelines when creating PDFs. This reading will provide advice on how to create well-designed PDF documents that meet the requirements and preferences of young learners.

  1. Designing in Google Docs:  
    When creating PDFs for Outstanda, it is recommended to design the documents using Google Docs. This allows for collaborative editing, easy formatting, and seamless integration with the platform. Once the design is complete, developers can add the Google Docs file to the Lesson Gig and include "PDF" in the title to indicate that it will be converted to a PDF format after review.
  2. Ample Writing Space:  
    Considering that young learners often require more space for writing, it is essential to provide ample room on the PDF documents. Ensure that there is sufficient white space around the text and activities, allowing students to comfortably write within designated areas.
  3. Utilizing Tables and Lines:  
    To help students understand where to write and organize their responses, incorporate tables and lines within the PDF. Tables can be used to create clear sections for different activities or questions, while lines can guide students in maintaining neat handwriting and staying within the designated writing area.
  4. Including Essential Information:  
    At the top of each PDF document, include a section for students to write their name, allowing them to take ownership of their work. Additionally, include the title of the worksheet or document to provide context and make it easier for students to refer to the materials.
  5. Mind the Margins:  
    When designing PDFs, it is important to keep in mind that printing cannot occur right up to the edge of the paper. Ensure that all materials, including text, images, and activities, are placed within the printable area, leaving sufficient margins on all sides. This guarantees that nothing will be cut off during the printing process and maintains a professional appearance.
  6. Copyright Considerations
    Do not include images you find by searching online or copy text from other sources, unless you are sure the source is the original creator and they are explicitly giving permission. If you are having trouble finding an appropriate image, Outstanda can sometimes help you with purchasing from a stock image company to assure proper ownership.
  7. Consider Visual Appeal:  
    While the focus of PDF documents for younger learners is on functionality, incorporating visually appealing elements can enhance engagement. Use age-appropriate colors, simple illustrations, and attractive fonts to make the materials visually appealing and inviting for students. It should also look good printed in color or black and white, as all teachers do not have access to color printers.
  8. Proofread and Test Print:  
    Before finalizing the PDF, carefully proofread all content to ensure accuracy, clarity, and age-appropriate language. It is also helpful to test print the document to ensure that it appears as intended on paper. This step allows for any necessary adjustments or corrections to be made before making the PDF available to students.


Creating effective PDF documents for Outstanda requires careful consideration of the specific needs and preferences of young learners. By providing ample writing space, using tables and lines for guidance, including essential information, minding the margins, and considering visual appeal, developers can produce high-quality PDFs that facilitate learning and engagement. Taking the time to create well-designed PDF materials ensures that students receive printable resources that are both functional and visually appealing, fostering a positive learning experience.

Remember, Outstanda will convert the Google Docs files into PDF format after review, allowing educators and students to access and utilize these valuable learning resources.

Finding Relevant YouTube Videos

When searching for YouTube videos to enhance your lesson, it can be time-consuming to find the right content that aligns with your topic. Additionally, it's crucial to ensure that the videos are appropriate, free from promotional content, and add value to the lesson. This reading provides guidance on finding suitable YouTube videos and offers tips for effective searches.

Finding Suitable YouTube Videos

When selecting YouTube videos to support your lesson, consider the following:

  • Avoid videos that ask for subscriptions, downloads, or present unrelated promotional content.
  • Exclude videos highlighting products unless the product is directly relevant to the course.
  • Choose videos that add depth and provide supplementary information rather than covering the same key points as the readings.
  • Explore videos that offer cultural insights, walkthrough examples, or real-world applications related to the lesson topic.
  • Avoid videos that use colorful language or will only appeal to one group, especially for Learning Gigs that are targeted at younger ages.
  • Do not use videos from people who have a history of hate, intolerance, discrimination, or cultural insensitivity. Even if the video you want to use does not contain these things, we do not want to promote or include people who would benefit from the exposure and might publish other things that are not suitable.

Effective YouTube Search Phrases

To find educational videos on a specific topic, use the following tips:

  • Good Example: "Photosynthesis process explained with animations"
  • Good Example: "Introduction to organic chemistry reactions and Mechanisms"
  • Good Example: "Digital painting techniques using Photoshop"
  • Good Example: "Understanding the theory of relativity in simple terms"
  • Good Example: "Exploring the history and architecture of ancient Egypt"
  • OK Example: "Introduction to Spanish grammar and vocabulary"
  • Good Example: "Cultural traditions in Peru"
  • Bad Example: "Spanish lessons" (too broad)
  • Bad Example: "Funny cat videos" (unrelated to the lesson and we do not add random funny things to Learning Gigs)

By using more specific search phrases, you can narrow down your results to find relevant educational content.

Submitting a YouTube Video for Inclusion

To include a YouTube video in your Learning Gig development, simply add the link to the video in a Google Doc. Also include the title you want for the video (in our system, we are not changing the YouTube title) and a 1-2 paragraph summary of the video. The fastest way to make this is to copy the transcript from YouTube and paste into an AI, and ask it to write a summery from the YouTube transcript.

Key Takeaways

  • Choose YouTube videos that are appropriate, informative, and add depth to the lesson.
  • Avoid videos with subscription requests, downloads, or unrelated promotional content.
  • Include cultural or real-world application videos to enhance students' understanding.
  • Use specific search phrases to find educational videos relevant to your lesson topic.

Audio and Podcasts

Integrating Audio into Your Lesson

Audio can be a valuable tool for enhancing your lessons, whether it's through interviews, language listening exercises, or focusing solely on sound without visual elements. Here are some reasons why incorporating audio is beneficial:

  • Engagement on the go: Audio allows students to listen and learn while commuting, driving, or engaging in other activities.
  • Enhanced learning experience: Audio materials provide a unique opportunity for students to develop their listening skills and comprehension.
  • Accessibility for hearing-impaired students: When possible, providing a transcript of the audio content ensures that hearing-impaired students can also access the learning materials.

Using a Published Podcast

Just like a YouTube video, you can use a podcast that is publically published by someone else. Submit the link in the audio document.  For younger ages, we avoid this due to promotions and length often not being appropriate, but for higher-level Learning Gigs, this can add great depth to a Learning Gig.

  • The podcast episode must be by an established producer.
  • The episode and producer cannot promote hate, discrimination, intolerance, or violence.
  • The episode cannot have excessive promotions.

Submitting Audio Files

When submitting audio files, follow these guidelines:

  1. Upload the audio file into the lesson folder, along with a document that includes the audio's name, a brief summary, the names of participants, and the topic.
  2. Edit the audio file to enhance its quality by removing dead spots, trimming the beginning and end, and ensuring the best possible audio experience for students.

Additional Podcast Advice

If you're creating a podcast or working with audio, consider the following tips for improving the audio quality:

  • Use a quality microphone: Investing in a good microphone can significantly improve the sound clarity and overall listening experience.
  • Find a quiet recording space: Minimize background noise and ensure a quiet environment to capture clean audio.
  • Edit and enhance: Use audio editing software to clean up any background noise, adjust levels, and enhance the overall audio quality.
  • Add music or sound effects: Use appropriate music or sound effects to enhance the mood and engagement of the audio content. Make sure music is not protected, which can create copyright issues. If in doubt, do not use it.
  • Consider a transcript: Providing a written transcript of the audio can benefit all learners, allowing them to follow along and review the content. There is software available to generate transcripts from audio.

Key Takeaways

  • Integrating audio into lessons provides flexibility and engagement, allowing students to learn on the go.
  • Include a transcript for hearing-impaired students to ensure accessibility.
  • When submitting audio files, upload them along with a document containing relevant information about the audio.
  • Edit audio files to remove dead spots, trim the beginning and end, and enhance the overall quality.
  • Consider using a quality microphone, finding a quiet recording space, and enhancing the audio through editing and adding music or sound effects.

Create a Slide Show

Creating a Google Slides Presentation for Your Learning Gig

A Google Slides presentation can be a powerful tool to support your lesson by providing visual aids and key materials. We integrate Google Slides because the program is free an widely used in classrooms. Instructors will be able to copy your slideshow and make their own modifications for their class.

Here are some tips to create an effective Google Slides presentation for an educational topic:

  • Organize your slides: Structure your presentation logically, with clear headings and a flow that follows the lesson's progression.
  • Keep it concise: Use short, succinct text on each slide to emphasize key points. Avoid overcrowding slides with excessive information.
  • Use visual aids: Incorporate relevant and visually appealing graphics, charts, and diagrams to enhance understanding and engagement. Ensure that the graphics you use are not copyright protected.
  • Choose legible fonts and colors: Opt for easy-to-read fonts and use colors that provide good contrast between the text and background.
  • Include interactive elements: Utilize interactive features such as hyperlinks, quizzes, or embedded videos to make the presentation more engaging and interactive.
  • Maintain consistency: Use consistent formatting, font styles, and colors throughout the presentation to create a cohesive visual experience.
  • Add speaker notes: Include detailed speaker notes in your presentation to provide additional context, explanations, and reminders for instructors delivering the lecture.
  • Make it accessible: Ensure that the text size is legible, and consider providing alternative text for images to make the presentation accessible to all learners.

Adding Your Slideshow the Learning Gig

Upload/Move the slideshow file to your shared folder for developing the Learning Gig. It should be the the correct lesson folder and have an order number in the title to designate where it goes. Include a text file or doc with the same name that includes the title and a short description of the slideshow.

Key Takeaways

  • Create a well-organized Google Slides presentation with clear headings and logical flow.
  • Keep the text concise and avoid overcrowding slides with excessive information.
  • Incorporate visually appealing graphics and charts while ensuring they are not copyright protected.
  • Choose legible fonts and colors that provide good contrast.
  • Include interactive elements and maintain consistency in formatting throughout the presentation.
  • Add speaker notes to provide additional context for instructors delivering the lecture.
  • Make the presentation accessible by using legible text, alternative text for images, and ensuring proper contrast.

Reveal Slides for Simple Study Tools

Creating Reveal Slides for Interactive Learning

Reveal slides are a great way to create interactive practice tests, vocabulary exercises, and walkthroughs for key points in your lessons. They allow you to present information in a step-by-step manner, revealing content as you progress through the slides. Here's how you can create reveal slides:

  1. Slides in Text: Outstanda has the code library integrated. You only need to provide the slides with the slide code, which is simple to follow. Examples are below.
  2. Create a new section for each slide: Each section in your HTML represents a new slide. Use the <section> tag to start a slide and </section> to end a new slide.
  3. Add content to each slide: Within each section, you can include various HTML elements such as headings, paragraphs, images, or lists. Use the appropriate HTML tags to structure your content.
  4. Apply the reveal effect to elements: To reveal content gradually, you can add the `fragment` class to specific elements. For example, <h2 class="fragment">NUMBER1</h2> This would make the “NUMBER1” appear after a click. If you have three different fragments, it would reveal the headings as you progress through the slide.
  5. Use different elements for different content types: For short phrases or words, you can use the H2 is for short words and P tag is for longer text or to create paragraph fragments.
  6. This might seem intimidating, but we will link to an example. This makes it very fast to build a vocabulary practice slideshow or a practice self-test.

Example Reveal Slide Code

Here's an example of code for creating a reveal slide with three fragments:

<h2>Item #1</h2>
<h2 class="fragment">Item #2</h2>
<h2 class="fragment">Item #3</h2>

<h2>Item #1</h2>
<p class="fragment">Longer sentence to see if student knew what the Item #1 is.</p>

You can copy and paste this code for each slide, adjusting the content within the tags to suit your needs. 

To submit, add it to the Google Drive folder for the lesson with the appropriate name. You can include the title and 2-3 sentence description of the slide show in the same file before your first slide.

Get Help with AI

Using ChatGPT or another AI, you can provide a list of things and an example of one slide, and ask AI to build the slide file for you. Here is an example:

Please create a Reveal slideshow for me that only includes the code for the slides, starting with <SECTION> and ending with </SECTION>. There should be a vocabulary word when the slide loads as an h2 tag, and then a fragment with a P tag that reveals the definition on click. Write the results in a code window for easy copy. The vocabulary and definitions are as follow: 
Penny: Smallest denominator coin. 1/100th of a dollar.
Nickle: 5/100ths of a dollar. 5 cents.


You might have to use quotes to better separate your data depending on what you are doing, but this will quickly generate the slide code for you and you do not need to generate it.

Sample for ChatGPT

ChatGPT Prompt:

Create a slideshow for a reveal slideshow about how to (give details of what you want and and some good examples of slide topics). Produce at least 10 slides and output into the code window in this format "<section>

That format will change depending on the kind of slide code you want. See below.

*** Very Short Q&A, Vocabulary (reveals the answer on click)

<section id="fragments">
 <h2>1 + 2</h2>
 <h2 class="fragment">1 + 2 = 3</h2>

<section id="fragments">
 <h2 class="fragment">ANSWER</h2>

*** Word Problems or Longer Q&A  (reveals the answer on click)

<section id="fragments">
 <p>If you take one apple and add two more, how many will you have?</p>
 <p class="fragment">You will have three apples.</p>

<section id="fragments">
 <p class="fragment">ANSWER</p>

*** Simple Header and Text Slides (No Reveal - shows full slide)

Curate Learning Assets (Group or Individual Project)

Project: Finding Additional Learning Assets

Project Summary:

In this project, you will search for and include additional learning assets for each lesson in your Learning Gig. These assets will supplement the core materials and provide students with a variety of resources to enhance their learning experience. You will carefully review each asset for appropriateness, non-promotional content, low bias, discrimination, or hate. The assets should be publicly available for use and feature presenters who are appropriate based on a review of their profiles.

Project Objective:

The objective of this project is to enhance the learning experience by incorporating additional high-quality learning assets. By completing this project, you will expand the range of resources available to students and provide them with diverse and engaging materials.


  1. Identify Asset Types: Determine the types of additional learning assets that would be valuable for each lesson. Consider options such as YouTube videos, vocabulary lists, checklists, slide shows, or audio resources.
  2. Search for Learning Assets: Conduct thorough searches to find suitable learning assets for each lesson. Utilize reputable sources, educational platforms, and trusted content creators. Be 100% sure that an asset is legally available for use. Things like PDF worksheets are typically created by the Gig Developer.
  3. Review for Appropriateness: Carefully review each asset to ensure it is appropriate for the intended audience. Check for any bias, discrimination, hate speech, or promotional content that could undermine the learning experience.
  4. Assess Presenter's Profile: Evaluate the presenter's profile or background to ensure their expertise and credibility. Consider factors such as qualifications, experience, and relevance to the topic. Also, do not include anyone who breaks our high standards of tolerance, inclusion, and nonviolence.
  5. Prepare Asset Information: For each additional learning asset, create a document in the Google Drive Lesson folder. Include the asset title, a brief summary or description, and a direct link to the asset or the file itself.
  6. Submit Assets for Review: Share the document containing the additional learning assets with your instructor for review. Ensure that all assets are properly organized within the Google Drive Lesson folders.

Evaluation Instructions:

Upon completion of the project, your instructor will evaluate your selection of additional learning assets based on their relevance to the lesson content, their appropriateness for the intended audience, the quality of the asset summaries, and the careful consideration given to presenter profiles. Make sure to adhere to the guidelines provided and choose assets that enrich the learning experience for students.

Now Be a Lesson Editor

Editing Text: Techniques and Tools

Editing text is a crucial step in the content creation process to ensure clarity, accuracy, and readability. With advancements in technology, there are several tools and techniques available to help in the editing process. Here are some effective approaches to editing text:

  1. Utilize Editing Tools: Tools like Grammarly can assist in identifying and correcting grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, and punctuation issues. These tools provide suggestions for improving language and enhancing the overall quality of the text.
  2. Harness the Power of AI: AI-powered language models can be employed to enhance the quality of the text further. By copying the text into an AI platform, it can suggest improvements, rephrase sentences, and provide alternative wording choices for greater clarity and conciseness.
  3. Simplify Complex Text: If the text appears too complex for the intended audience or student level, consider using AI tools to simplify the content. By inputting a paragraph into a simplification tool, it can help rephrase and restructure the text to make it more accessible and comprehensible for learners. For example, you can say “Rewrite this text for a 3rd-grade reading level ‘TEXT’.” 
  4. Perform Fact-Checking: After editing the text, it is essential to thoroughly review and fact-check each item. Verify the accuracy of the information presented and ensure that no unintended changes in meaning have occurred during the editing process.
  5. Seek a Second Opinion: Another valuable editing technique is to have someone else read the text. A fresh pair of eyes can identify errors, inconsistencies, or areas that may need improvement. The feedback from a different perspective can help refine the text further.
  6. Solicit Feedback: Once the text has been edited and refined, it can be released to the target audience or peers for feedback. By seeking input and incorporating suggestions, the text can be further improved, ensuring that it effectively communicates the intended message.

Key Takeaways

  • Use editing tools like Grammarly to correct grammatical errors and improve language.
  • Utilize AI-powered platforms to enhance the quality of the text and suggest improvements.
  • Use AI tools to simplify complex text for better understanding.
  • Thoroughly fact-check the edited text to ensure accuracy.
  • Obtain feedback from others to gain fresh perspectives and identify areas for improvement.
  • Solicit feedback from the target audience or peers to refine the text further.

Fact-Checking AI

Fact-Checking Information from AI

As AI becomes more prevalent in generating information, it's crucial to fact-check the outputs to ensure accuracy and reliability. Even basic and obvious facts should be verified, as AI models can sometimes propagate incorrect or misleading information. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to fact-check something that is AI generated:

  1. Identify the AI Source: Determine which AI model or system generated the information. This can help you understand its limitations and potential biases.
  2. Extract the Information: Isolate the specific information or claim you want to fact-check from the AI-generated content.
  3. Search for Multiple Sources: Conduct a search using reliable search engines and reputable sources to find multiple perspectives and sources of information related to the claim.
  4. Verify Credible Sources: Assess the credibility and expertise of the sources you find. Look for trusted organizations, authoritative experts, peer-reviewed studies, or official publications that support or refute the claim.
  5. Check Fact-Checking Websites: Consult fact-checking websites such as Snopes, FactCheck.org, or PolitiFact. These platforms evaluate claims and provide unbiased assessments.
  6. Review Primary Sources: Whenever possible, go back to the original sources referenced in the AI-generated content. Examine the context, methodology, and findings to ensure accurate interpretation.
  7. Consider Expert Opinions: Seek insights from subject matter experts or professionals who specialize in the field related to the claim. Their expertise can provide valuable perspectives.
  8. Be Mindful of Confirmation Bias: Recognize your own biases and be open to accepting evidence that contradicts your initial assumptions. Fact-checking aims to uncover the truth, not reinforce preconceived beliefs.

Key Takeaways

  • Fact-check information from AI models to ensure accuracy and reliability.
  • Identify the AI source to understand its limitations and potential biases.
  • Search for multiple sources and verify their credibility.
  • Consult fact-checking websites for unbiased assessments.
  • Review primary sources and consider expert opinions.
  • Remain open-minded and be mindful of confirmation bias.

Review Lessons for Bias

Reviewing and Editing Materials for Lessons to Reduce Bias

When creating or reviewing materials for lessons, it is essential to ensure that they are free from bias and promote inclusivity. Simply adding a separate video featuring individuals from different races or backgrounds does not balance out bias. Here are some key considerations to review and edit materials for lessons with the aim of reducing bias:

  1. Examine Cultural Representations: Review the materials for any cultural representations that may reinforce stereotypes or perpetuate biases. Ensure that diverse cultures and backgrounds are accurately and respectfully represented.
  2. Evaluate Language and Terminology: Scrutinize the language used in the materials. Look for any biased or discriminatory language and replace it with inclusive and neutral terms. Be aware of potentially offensive or derogatory terms and avoid their usage.
  3. Assess Visuals and Imagery: Analyze the visuals, images, and illustrations in the materials. Check if they represent diverse individuals and groups in a respectful and non-stereotypical manner. Avoid relying solely on stock images that perpetuate clichéd representations.
  4. Consider Multiple Perspectives: Incorporate diverse perspectives and voices throughout the materials. Include contributions from individuals with different backgrounds, experiences, and identities to provide a well-rounded and inclusive learning experience.
  5. Promote Critical Thinking: Encourage critical thinking and open discussions about bias, stereotypes, and cultural differences. Provide opportunities for students to analyze and challenge the materials, fostering a deeper understanding of biases present in various contexts.
  6. Seek Input from Others: Collaborate with a diverse group of educators or experts to review the materials. Obtain feedback on potential biases and areas for improvement. Different perspectives can help identify and address biases that may have been overlooked.
  7. Continuously Update and Improve: Education is an evolving process. Regularly review and update the materials to ensure they reflect current knowledge, diverse perspectives, and inclusive practices. Stay informed about emerging research and best practices in reducing bias in educational materials.

Key Takeaways

  • Examine cultural representations and ensure diverse cultures are accurately portrayed.
  • Evaluate and replace biased or discriminatory language with inclusive terminology.
  • Avoid stereotypical and offensive visuals, and include diverse representations.
  • Incorporate multiple perspectives to provide a well-rounded learning experience.
  • Promote critical thinking and discussions about bias and cultural differences.
  • Seek input from diverse educators or experts to review materials.
  • Continuously update and improve materials to reflect current knowledge and best practices.

Finalizing Your Lesson Assessments

How to Create an Effective Lesson Assessment


An essential component of any successful learning experience is a well-designed assessment that evaluates student understanding and mastery of the material. A carefully crafted assessment provides valuable feedback to both students and instructors. This reading will guide you on how to create an effective lesson assessment that accurately assesses student knowledge and comprehension.

Question Categories:

When developing your assessment, it is helpful to group questions into three categories:

  1. Mastery Questions: These questions assess students' ability to recall and memorize key facts or concepts from the core readings. Include a minimum of 8 mastery questions in your assessment.
  2. Comprehension Questions: These questions evaluate students' understanding and application of the new knowledge they have acquired. Comprehension questions may require students to analyze, interpret, or apply concepts. Include a minimum of 8 comprehension questions in your assessment.
  3. Honors Questions: These questions challenge students with more difficult or advanced content. They may come from extended learning assets such as podcasts or videos. Include a minimum of 5 honors questions in your assessment.  Honors questions are not used in Lesson Gigs for children under 8 years of age.

Questions will be provided to students in a random selection, in a random order, and with the answers in a random order. Students may retake the assessment if they do not pass.

Tips for Writing Multiple Choice Questions:

  • Ensure clarity: Write clear and concise questions that can be easily understood by students.
  • Avoid trickery: Do not try to deceive or confuse test takers with overly complex or misleading questions.
  • Avoid obvious incorrect answers: Make sure incorrect answer options are plausible but not silly or easily dismissed.
  • Use varied answer lengths: Avoid patterns where the correct answer is always the longest or shortest option.
  • Provide plausible distractors: Craft incorrect answer options that are similar to the correct answer but contain common misconceptions.
  • Avoid excessive use of "all of the above" or "none of the above" options.
  • Review and proofread: Check for grammatical errors, ensure clarity, and validate the accuracy of the answers.

Sample Assessment Questions:

Mastery Questions:

1. [Question]

Correct Answer: [Answer]

Incorrect Answers: [Incorrect Answer 1], [Incorrect Answer 2], [Incorrect Answer 3]

Comprehension Questions:

1. [Question]

Correct Answer: [Answer]

Incorrect Answers: [Incorrect Answer 1], [Incorrect Answer 2], [Incorrect Answer 3]

Honors Questions:

1. [Question]

Correct Answer: [Answer]

Incorrect Answers: [Incorrect Answer 1], [Incorrect Answer 2], [Incorrect Answer 3]

Publishing Your Learning Gig

Finalizing Your Learning Gig

Once you have completed designing your learning gig and are satisfied with the materials, it is time to finalize and prepare it for publication in the Outstanda Academy system. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Notify the Gig Manager: Inform the Outstanda Gig Manager (GM) that your learning gig is ready for review. They will review the materials and provide feedback or request any additional materials that may be required.
  2. Review and Update: Make the necessary updates or modifications based on the feedback received from the Gig Manager. Address any requested changes and ensure that all aspects of the gig meet the required standards.
  3. Publish in Development Stage: Once the gig has been reviewed and updated, it will be published into the Outstanda Academy system in the development stage. At this stage, the gig is not publicly listed in the catalog or on the front page, but there is a public link where it can be reviewed.
  4. Review on Mobile and Desktop: It is important to review the gig on both mobile and desktop devices. This allows you to assess how the materials appear and ensure they are properly formatted and optimized for different viewing mediums.
  5. Check for Errors and Consistency: Take the opportunity to carefully review the content, checking for any errors in spelling, grammar, or factual accuracy. Sometimes, these issues become more apparent when the materials are viewed in a new medium or context.
  6. Share for Feedback: Share the gig's link with individuals you trust, such as colleagues or subject matter experts, and invite them to provide feedback. Their fresh perspectives can help identify areas for improvement or refinement.
  7. Agree on Publication: Collaborate with the Gig Manager and any relevant stakeholders to ensure that all parties agree the gig is ready for publishing. Address any remaining concerns or suggestions, and finalize the materials accordingly.
  8. Add to Catalog and Activate Assessments: Once all parties are satisfied with the gig, it will be added to the Outstanda catalog, making it publicly available. Additionally, the assessments associated with the gig will go live, allowing learners to engage with and evaluate their progress.

Please note that the gig goes through a thorough review and revision process to ensure high-quality learning experiences. The collaboration between the Gig Manager, developer, and other stakeholders is essential in creating valuable and engaging educational materials.

Publish Your Learning Gig (Individual or Group Project)

Project: Finalize Your Learning Gig and Submit for Publication

Project Summary:

In this project, you will thoroughly review and finalize your Learning Gig materials before submitting them for publication. You will carefully edit and review each asset, ensuring accuracy, clarity, and coherence. Additionally, you will consolidate the assessment questions into three categories: mastery, comprehension, and honors questions. Finally, you will submit the entire project to your instructor for evaluation and to Outstanda for publication or further revision.

Project Objective:

The objective of this project is to ensure the quality, accuracy, and completeness of your Learning Gig materials and assessment questions. By completing this project, you will finalize your gig for publication and showcase your commitment to delivering a comprehensive and engaging learning experience for students.


  1. Review and Edit Assets: Go through each asset in your Learning Gig and carefully review and edit them. Pay attention to accuracy, clarity, grammar, and overall coherence. Remove any redundant or unnecessary information, ensuring that the materials are streamlined and concise.
  2. Consolidate Assessment Questions: Organize the assessment questions into three categories: mastery, comprehension, and honors. Develop a minimum of 8 mastery questions, 8 comprehension questions, and 5 honors questions. All questions should have multiple-choice answers that align with the learning objectives and core materials.
  3. Proofread and Fact-check: Proofread all materials, including the assessment questions, to eliminate any spelling or grammatical errors. Fact-check any factual claims or information to ensure accuracy and reliability.
  4. Submission Preparation: Compile all the finalized materials, including the edited assets and assessment questions, into your project folder and lesson subfolders. Ensure that the materials are well-organized and easily accessible.
  5. Submit for Evaluation: Share the completed project folder or document with your instructor for evaluation. Make sure to follow any specific submission instructions provided by your instructor.
  6. Submit for Publication or Revision: If your instructor approves the gig, submit the materials to Outstanda for publication consideration. Follow the submission guidelines and provide any additional information or documentation required.

Evaluation Instructions:

Upon completion of the project, your instructor will evaluate your finalized Learning Gig materials and assessment questions. They will assess the quality of your edits, the accuracy of the information, the coherence of the materials, and the effectiveness of the assessment questions. Make sure to carefully review and proofread all materials before submission to ensure a polished and comprehensive learning gig.

Next Step After Learing Gig Publication

So You Have Published a Learning Gig

Congratulations on publishing your learning gig! Now that you have successfully created and shared your educational materials, there are several potential next steps to consider:

  1. Build on Experience and Do a Related Learning Gig: Leverage your experience and expertise gained from creating your initial learning gig to develop a related gig. You can explore a different aspect, expand on the topic, or approach it from a different angle, providing learners with a comprehensive learning journey.
  2. Rework Learning Gig for Different Age Targets - Did you create a college course? Can you now make a simpler version for high school or middle school?
  3. Create Part 2 - More Advanced Version: If your initial gig covered the basics of a particular subject, consider creating a Part 2 that delves into more advanced concepts and techniques. This provides learners with an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and expand their skills in the subject matter.
  4. Drill Down into One Part of the Course in More Detail: Identify a specific area within your course that warrants further exploration and create specialized materials that dive deeper into that particular topic. This allows learners to focus on specific areas of interest or challenge themselves with advanced content.
  5. Create a Different Learning Gig: Explore new subjects or topics of interest and create a completely different learning gig. This allows you to broaden your reach and cater to a diverse audience with varying educational needs and interests.
  6. Oversee a Translation of Your Learning Gig: If you are proficient in multiple languages or have connections with translators, consider overseeing the translation of your learning gig into different languages. This enables learners from various linguistic backgrounds to access and benefit from your educational materials.
  7. Spend Time Promoting Your Learning Gig to Educators: You are now an expert. Invest time in promoting your learning gig to educators and educational institutions. Reach out to teachers, schools, and online communities, showcasing the value and effectiveness of your materials. Collaborate with educators to integrate your gig into their curriculum or recommend it as a valuable resource to their students.

By exploring these potential next steps, you can continue to build on your success, expand your educational offerings, and make a positive impact on learners' educational journeys. Remember, the possibilities are endless, and your passion for creating meaningful learning experiences can lead to new opportunities and further growth as an educational content developer.

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