Having come through another year of teaching and adjudicating assessments, it has become all the more apparent to me that good signposting is essential. It is necessary for students to absorb, digest, reflect and learn new material which is being delivered. Good signposting is essential within lecture material and on Moodle, WebCT or Blackboard.
Explicit sample questions and answers are also essential, in order to demonstrate best practice and model solutions for students. This is vitally important both for final examination questions as well as for continuous assessments, projects, reports and dissertations. It is a key component towards demonstrating student-centred learning and constructivist pedagogy. In my observations, it can remove some anxiety for students, who are concerned about 'not-knowing' what is coming ahead of them, what is expected of them or what standards to aim for during various stages of their learning experience.