As workplace learning and development professionals, we spend most of our time improving the performance levels of employees and organizations. However, in order for us to stay current on the latest trends and resources we must continue to read and study on a regular basis.
It is for this reason that I created a book of the month club. each month I will introduce a workplace learning or performance book to read and discuss. A new book will be introduced the fourth Wednesday of each month. During the third Wednesday of each month, I will write a review and hope you join me in sharing your thoughts and opinions on each book. I will also include in future readings books that are both motivational and inspirational.
The first book that I have chosen is the Trainer’s Handbook. It is a great book to start with since it serves as a comprehensive book on a variety of training topics which could benefit both new and seasoned workplace learning professionals. This book can be found on Amazon.com. Here is a description of the book on Amazon.com:
The Trainer’s Handbook walks readers step by step through the training process and contains tips on assessing the needs of participants. Keeping training learner-centered, incorporating activities into training, selecting audiovisual aids, and closing sessions creatively. As practical as it is instructive, the guide is filled with worksheets, checklists, and assessments.
I am ready to start reading, How about you?
Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy Job Aid (free download on Google Play) by Orion Beadling, is a hierarchical model for classifying learning instructional activities and provides educators, instructional designers, and human performance technologist with a job aid
The app highlights each level and includes the verbs, suggested material, activity and a citation.
For example, at the remembering level, the app includes several verbs which can be used for a lesson plan or an instructional design. The arrows on the top part of the app will advance you to the next level. You also have the option of moving from each section by either tapping on the topic such as material or you can use the right and left arrows.
Overall, it is an easy app to use and provides you with all the necessary information you need to develop a learning objective or lesson plan.
In 1956, Benjamin Bloom and other educators met for a second time (the first time was in 1948) at the Convention of the American Psychological Association, where Bloom spearheaded a group to discuss classifying educational goals and objectives. This framework became know as the Taxonomy of Three Domains.
Focusing on the cognitive domain, Bloom developed a multilevel model as a means of classifying thinking based on six levels of cognition. Robert Mager, an educational psychologist would later develop and use learning objectives as a means to describe what the learner is expected to achieve. According to Mager, the learning objectives should include a measurable verb.
All too often, I have either come across or attended a training where the learning objective in the course used verbs that are difficult to measure. Such as:
- understand (my favorite)
These verbs are vague and are difficult to measure learning. I included a PDF on action words that can be used when writing learning objectives.