University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
When the developer is preparing educational materials for personal use, instructional guidance is clearly not required. However, when an educational resource is meant for widespread use, the developer must provide the information that will allow others to use the resource as intended. Effective sharing of the materials we produce depends on maximizing their utility and usability. A clearly written facilitator’s manual becomes an essential element of sharable educational materials.
Educational resources range from preceptor-assisted to computer-assisted materials and can include learning, assessment, and evaluation tools. The user guides for each of these varies depending on content and intended use. For example, this manual was created as a resource guide for instructional designers who are developing materials intended for use by others. It contains a comprehensive list of elements to be considered when developing a user guide.
The user will be able to:
- Explain the rationale for developing user's guides/facilitator's manuals for educational resources.
- Describe the essential elements to include in a user's guide/facilitator's manual.