What Do the Learners Need to Do?

OptioLogic May 21, 2014

It is a common practice for us to just dump the content provided by the client into the course, categorize the content into modules and pages, create objectives around the content, and send it back to the client. As timesaving as this practice may be, it is as effective as writing on water.
The most
important thing to do before storyboarding is to ask “What should the learner be able to do after taking this course?” The answer to this question establishes the goal of the course. The goal may be that the learner should be able use a particular software, or apply a particular technique to improve profit margins.
Once the goal is identified, the next thing to do is ask yourself “What should the learner know or be aware of to be able to meet the goal?” this question should tell you exactly what the content of the course should be.
Let us say for example, the client sends across a document describing in detail the working of the company’s email client. On asking the first question, the client reveals that the learners should be able to send emails, schedule meetings, etc. Listing everything that the learner need to do here become the objectives of the course.
Taking the objectives and asking yourself the second question, you can find out exactly what content the course requires to meet each objective. This will help us weed out the unnecessary information, ensuring there is no information overload. Furthermore, this method can help us easily identify any gaps in information.
This means we can say goodbye to content dump and say hello to structured, meaningful courses.