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3. Setting Up a Course in BenchPrep
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Every course is different. That said, we can offer some basic instructional design principles that might help you decide how to set up your course in BenchPrep.


First, think about your ultimate learning objective for your learners. Is it to be able to do a certain thing, like play a basic song on piano, or knowing the manufacturing process from start to finish for a product? If so, you might want your course to culminate in a Final Exam which validates your learner can do this task. If your course doesn’t include a traditional “final assessment,” such as an “Introduction to Visual Art,” then maybe your course consists of various Quizzes that help a learner see their strengths and weaknesses for various topics.

Regardless, we see courses breaking down in a few major ways:

  • Lessons that teach or inform your learners to new information
  • Flashcards that can help reinforce this learning for your learners
  • Questions, Tests, and Quizzes that validate your learners have mastered this new information

With this in mind, we recommend setting up your Structured Study Plan in this way:

  • Lessons on Topic A (introduce new material)
  • Flashcards on Topic A (study new material)
  • Questions on Topic A (validate learning of new material)
  • Repeat with Topic B


If the order of your topics doesn’t matter, then you can use our Adaptive Study Plan. The Adaptive Study Plan builds your course using this progression for each topic, but the order of those topics will change depending on each student’s individual strengths and weaknesses (as determined by a pre-assessment). We’ll cover more on that later.

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