Instructional design/Component Display Theory/CDT Matrix

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Component Display Theory

Component Display Theory (CDT) Matrix[edit]

Objective: You will be able to identify content classifications/categories Instructional Strategy: In following Reigeluth’s simplifying conditions: go from simple to complex, we introduce the content classifications, while breaking system to component parts/segmenting.

Lesson Content : Created by M. David Merrill, Component Display Theory (CDT) breaks out learning content into five component parts called classifications :

  1. . Fact: something that truly exists or happens; something that has actual existence; a true piece of information; undeniable
  2. . Concept: an idea of what something is or how it works; an abstract idea; a general notion
  3. . Principle: a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning
  4. . Procedure: an established or official way of doing something; an act or a manner of proceeding in any action or process; conduct
  5. . Process: a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end; a systematic series of actions directed to some end

CDT Diagram with examples

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