Many in the corporate training industry spend a lot of time demystifying, myth busting and wading through jargon, buzzwords, trends, and rumors. Before we can determine what technology, tools, and processes to investigate and implement, we need to ensure we have the fundamental framework of effective instruction in place first. This is what I would see as the most critical element in your learning function. Here at the ASTD TechKnowledge conference in Las Vegas, I have seen a number of presentations, chats, and both formal and informal discussions around the basic instructional strategies that form the foundation of everything you do. First, determine if your approach to instructional design includes these three principles:
- Relevant learner context and motivational challenge
- Activity design that enables meaningful association to the learning goals
- Constructive and action-based feedback as hyper-personalized as possible
Based on the type of instruction you’re delivering, you want to create safe-zones for learning. Learners should be able to fail fast and often, practice as much as they need, share and reflect on what they’re trying to achieve within the constraints of the framework itself, and walk away with a feeling of satisfaction and completion.
Before you worry about the technology that delivers your instruction, be sure you have the fundamentals of effective instruction in place first.