When creating a course, the ultimate goal is that the learner will be to apply what they have learned in the real world. To accomplish this, an instructional designer needs to understand how to align the instructional objectives to appropriate instructional strategies. For example, if you want learners to leave the course able to process a certain form, then practice needs to be incorporated somewhere in the lesson. A learner will not retain information by being told how to do something or by watching someone else do it. They need to be immersed in the actual experience.
This article will explain how instructional designers can align a learning objective with an appropriate instructional strategy. This article is based on the 21st century version of Bloom’s taxonomy, which is the founding document for developing strong learning objectives. The levels of learning are listed in order of increasing difficulty (from the bottom of the pyramid to the pinnacle).
Instructional strategies that are well-aligned to the learning objectives will result in learning and retention. The strategies provided in this article can easily be implemented in a hybrid or online course. For more instructional strategies, check out our webinar Guidelines for Creating Great Online Training hosted by Rebecca Lyles business consultant and previous training manager at IBM and AT&T.