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Essential Instructional Design Principles – Webinar Recap

Recently, Blue Sky’s VP of Learning Strategy and Development, Dan Streeter presented the webinar Essential Instructional Design Principles. You can read a short recap below, and watch the entire webinar on-demand here. 

Here are the three fundamental questions you should operate with whenever you enter into a learning experience. 

  1. What do you want them to know? 
  2. How will you know they know it? 
  3. What are you going to do if they don’t know it? 

Strategy #1 – Define Your Learning Outcomes 

Know: Identify at least two instructional strategies you or your SMEs can use immediately 

Do: Experiment with at least one instructional strategy within the next 24 hours 

Blooms Taxonomy shows us how we learn:

The 21st Century of Blooms Taxonomy flipped the pyramid around. Having access to Google allows people to not remember and be able to have the information at your fingertips. 

Remembering is the first step, but we want to get to applying, analyzing, evaluating and creating. That is when we truly know we have learned. 

Strategy #2 – Ask a Question 

We are the subject matter expert on the stage that people are coming to learn from. But we need to know what our audience already knows and what they want to know. So ask! 

This also allows a chance for interaction at the beginning and throughout the webinar – an event that traditionally can be very one-sided. 

Strategy #3 – Use a Learning Structure 

K-W-L Chart 

  1. What do you know about the problem? 
  2. What is the biggest question you have about the problem? 
  3. What did you learn? 

Strategy #4 – Use the Power of Emotion and Experience

What is learning? A sustained change in behavior. 

Learning only takes place when you combine high experience and a high degree of emotion. 

Strategy #5 End with “Now that…” Not “Any questions?”

Nobody has any questions is because our minds have transitioned to the next thing. That’s pretty normal for us to do. So instead, use the “Now that…” strategy. For example, “Now that you’ve taken part in this experience, what action do you plan to take in the next 24 hours?” 

To dive deeper into these strategies and essential principles, make sure to watch the entire webinar on-demand here.

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