Instructional design/Strong Learning Checklist/RevAO

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The Checklist for Strong Learning Design (SLD)


Avoid Boring Training Ask Your Learners To Do Something

Review Your Training Use the Strong Learning Design Checklist

Assess Your Skills

Go Forth! Create Great Training

Action-Oriented Training[edit | edit source]

What is Action-Oriented Training?[edit | edit source]

Action-Oriented Training materials ask learners to DO something, or engages them in a way that respects their intellect and challenges their ability to think. In this section of the lesson, we present some examples of action-oriented materials that fit within the 4 categories of training materials assessed in the Checklist for Strong Learning Design.

Action-Oriented Examples[edit | edit source]

This section provides some examples of training materials that are action-oriented.

Objectives[edit | edit source]

The following objectives for a lesson on how to build a container garden are action oriented. Note that the learner is asked to be able to DO something at the conclusion of the lesson:
Action-oriented learning objectives

Materials[edit | edit source]

The following describes training materials that are action-oriented. Note that these materials ask the learner to DO something after viewing them:

  • You are learning to use a new software package. You access the product features page and find short videos that demonstrate the major feature of the software. In addition, you are presented with a scenario that asks you to use several features of the software. You complete an assignment and receive a "badge" for completing the tutorial.

Activities[edit | edit source]

The following describes an activity associated with training materials that are action-oriented. Note that the activity provides the learner with a job aid to DO something at the conclusion of the lesson:

  • You have completed a course on Office Ergonomics that outlines the best setting for your office set-up. In the course, you learn how to set-up your work-desk, chair, keyboard, mouse, and monitor. At the end of the course, the final assessment requires you to change the set-up of your personal workstation based on the course content and a job aid.

Tone and Esthetics[edit | edit source]

When using illustrations in action-oriented materials, realistic photos are more powerful than cartoon drawings for showing how to DO something. For example, the following illustration is from a lesson on 4-mallet marimba technique:
Traditional grip left hand

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