Tip #532: A Learning Manifesto

“I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.”   Everett M. Dirksen

I recently saw an article concerning a “serious elearning manifesto,” so I explored further,

Here is a list of the Supporting Principles for the Serious eLearning Manifesto created by Michael Allen, Julie Dirksen, Clark Quinn and Will Thalheimer. For more information, please go to http://elearningmanifesto.org.

See if the Principles sound familiar. More importantly, see if it is time that we had a Serious Learning Manifesto!

1. Do Not Assume that Learning is the Solution
2. Do Not Assume that eLearning is the Answer
3. Tie Learning to Performance Goals
4. Target Improved Performance
5. Provide Realistic Practice
6. Enlist Authentic Contexts
7. Provide Guidance and Feedback
8. Provide Realistic Consequences
9. Adapt to Learner Needs
10. Motivate Meaningful Involvement
11. Aim for Long-term Impact
12. Use Interactivity to Prompt Deep Engagement
13. Provide Support for Post-Training Follow-Through
14. Diagnose Root Causes
15. Use Performance Support
16. Measure Effectiveness
a. Measure Outcomes
b. Measure Actual Performance Results
c. Measure Learning Comprehension and Decision Making During Learning
d. Measure Meaningful Learner Perceptions
17. Iterate in Design, Development, and Deployment
18. Support Performance Preparation
19. Support Learner Understanding with Conceptual Models
20. Use Rich Examples and Counterexamples
21. Enable Learners to Learn from Mistakes
22. Respect Learners

The authors acknowledge that these ideas “were drawn from, and inspired by, the work and research of many. However, I think that they have done an excellent job distilling what is most important for effective learning.

What do you think?

May your learning be sweet.


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