Tip #554: Creative Learning Activities in Jordan- Part One

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” Edward de Bono  

While in Amman, Jordan, I also conducted a six-day Train the Trainer Program: Designing and Delivering Dynamic Learning for humanitarian workers.

The third day was focused on Inviting Learning from the standpoint of creating a positive learning environment and having strong platform skills.

For a closing activity, I asked the participants to select an object from a bag and then create a 2-minute presentation about it. The presentation could involve telling a story, trying to sell the product, brainstorming with the group to come up with different uses for the item, etc.

Here are some of the presentations that really … Read the rest

Tip #375: How to Choose Verbs for Effective Learning Objectives

On May 16, 2011, Posted by , In curriculum design, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #375: How to Choose Verbs for Effective Learning Objectives

“Begin with the end in mind.”Stephen R. Covey

Learning objectives should explain in specific, observable and measurable terms what the learners will do to (a) learn specific skills and (b) demonstrate that they have learned them. This entails using active verbs that are sufficiently clear that they do not require additional verbs to explain what they mean. If the verbs are vague, the trainer will have no way to verify if the desired learning has occurred.

Unfortunately, it is very common to see lesson plans with learning objectives that use verbs that are vague and unclear, stating that the learners will: “know” or “understand” certain knowledge or skills. Without a second more active verb to clarify what the desired learning … Read the rest

Tip #103: Learning Objectives

On February 8, 2006, Posted by , In curriculum design, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #103: Learning Objectives

The fifth step in the comprehensive nine step LESSON PLANning Process is:

STEP 5. ORGANIZE THE LEARNING OBJECTIVES.

Learning objectives explain in specific and measurable terms what the learner will do as a result of the class instruction to: (a) learn specific knowledge or skills and (b) demonstrate that they have learned them.

Objectives are behavioral, which means that they involve specific actions or behaviors that can be observed and measured.

The effectiveness of the training will be determined based on whether or not the participants exhibit these behaviors during and after the training session.

When we add an active verb (appropriate for the learning level) to the essential content, … Read the rest