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Using Trello as an Interactive Learning Tool

For a recent curriculum design and training project, I wanted to find with a way to demonstrate how to design an activity that follows the task-based approach the organization was adopting. It was important that we communicate the need to include each component in an activity, but that we also emphasize the ability to be flexible and creative when designing a whole activity.

Instead of designing something brand-new that included the drag-and-drop elements I envisioned, I used Trello to demonstrate the flexibility of this method, and realized that not only does it help keep projects and teams organized, it can also be used to design a relatively quick responsive planning template that teachers, trainers, and learners, can use to test new methodologies or concepts. If you’re interested in seeing the visual template for the task-based activity planner, click here. 

If you’re not familiar with Trello, it’s a free project management tool (you can upgrade to Trello Gold or Trello for Business). I find it to be very user-friendly and visually appealing, and it has that handy drag-and-drop feature that allows you to adjust the order of lists and tasks within those lists. For this reason, I like using it when communicating processes, and team roles and responsibilities. Instead of a unidirectional list or a cumbersome chart, tasks (or cards), can be moved around and added with ease.

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Since discovering this new use for my Trello boards, I’ve started using boards for learning and applying new concepts myself, in addition to using it to work with my team and manage my personal and business projects. I’m reading and taking a course on storytelling, for example, a concept which lends itself beautifully to using Trello as an interactive template.

If you implement task-based or project-based approaches to learning, I suggest looking into how you might be able to use Trello to demonstrate and apply new concepts in a hands-on, fun way (there are stickers! And you can also customize the look of your boards if you have Trello Gold).

What are some ways you might be able to use Trello in addition to managing projects and to-do lists? How can you use it as an actual learning tool? Share your ideas in the comments!

 

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Tammy Bjelland
Language lover, teacher & coach.

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