Have you ever seen a learning objective like the following for a training program: “By the end of this program you will understand . . .” We see them all the time. The problem with this type of learning objective is that it lacks action. The verb “understand” is not action oriented. The goal of...Read more
On January 17, 2017, the senate confirmation committee asked Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary, how she would measure student achievement. She struggled to answer and when pressed, did not seem to know the difference between two common types of student measurements, proficiency versus growth assessment. So what is the difference between proficiency...Read more
Malcolm Knowles, one of the fathers of adult learning theory, wrote the following in his landmark book The Adult Learner:Read more
Teaching is a process of guided interaction between the teacher, the student, and the materials of instruction. Teaching, like medical practice, is mostly a matter of cooperation with nature. The function of the teacher...
Have you ever sat in a training program and thought, “Wow! This is a huge waste of my time?” Unfortunately, training programs often fail to provide anything new, try to cram too much into too short a time period, or are nothing more than a PowerPoint slide show. Effective learning is about not only transferring...Read more