No time to write objectives?
A key part of a recent phone interaction with a LeaderGuide Pro user went like this:
Me: "What are your learning objectives for this module?"
Developer: "I don't have time to write objectives. I just need to get this done."
How can you write an effective training program that you can be confident will accomplish its goals if you don't have objectives that are clearly defined and communicated to the instructor and the learner?
LeaderGuide Pro helps by providing a placeholder for your terminal objective at the start of each module and a placeholder for your enabling objective at the start of each lesson. And your terminal objectives are automatically transferred to your participant guide as you run an extract from your facilitator guide. But, you have to write the objectives!
What & Why: A terminal objective clearly states what the learner will be able to do as a result of completing the module. This allows you to measure the learner’s achievement.
To really do this right: Enabling Objectives are are also written, to break down that the steps involved in attaining the terminal objective. LeaderGuide Pro helps you by providing the option to start every lesson with an Enabling Objective.
The importance of writing learning objectives comes down to this simple question: What are you trying to accomplish?
A Terminal Objective is the equivalent of your destination, when taking a road trip. The Enabling Objectives are the specific directions you follow to get to your destination.
You’ve heard the saying “If you don’t know where your going, you’ll end up somewhere else”… Well, the same thing applies to your training programs. If you don’t specify what is to be taught and how, what the learners achieve is unpredictable.
What do you think? Should time be spent on writing learning objectives?