WRITING INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES
WHAT ARE LEARNING OBJECTIVES
The data has been gathered, analysed and reported. Now the next step after the completion of the needs assessment is to create an appropriate training program. The first stage of this is to write learning objectives. This is what the participants will be able to do after the completion of their training; what skills and knowledge they have acquired. So in short it describes the planned results for the training.
WHY SET OBJECTIVES?
It is so important that the trainer sets objectives from the start of the training. This is so that the participants are able to come into class with the correct mindset knowing what is expected of them. Hey will also assist the trainer in focussing on what the required outcomes are and what the trainees must do to accomplish these. Once the objectives have been set the type of materials and methods to b used can be decided. These objectives set out are what the participant’s success will be measured against. So be sure that they understand and value the skills and information they will gain in the long run.
TYPES OF OBJECTIVES
Objectives can be categorised into three groups of development:
- ATTITUDE DEVELOPMENT – FEEL
These objectives deal with attitudes, emotions and principles. These are applicable when the training requires the participants to change their attitude and awareness to specific ideas and issues.
- SKILLS DEVELOPMENT – DO
When focussing on the participants’ ability to perform a task, objectives dealing with behaviour are appropriate.
- KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT – THINK
Cognitive learning pertains to objectives which deal with knowledge development. These enable the trainer to see if the participants have the ability to display their acquired knowledge; comprehend what has been taught.