Since the World Cup kicks off this week, we’ll use this article to talk about goals. When we set out the learning objectives for a course we are establishing a set of goals that we would want out learners to achieve during the course.
Learning objectives are a great place to start when designing training materials as it gives an outline for the content of the session. They can also be used to describe the content of your course and help you to “sell” the training to potential stakeholders.
While you have defined the objectives for an individual session, your learners may be attending for a variety of reasons and have orthogonal goals. A trainee may be attending for wider personal development and looking to fill in gaps in their knowledge while another attendee may only be interested in a specific part of the session.
In last week’s article F is for Failure I discussed potential implications for missed learning objectives. The more closely you can align your goals with the goals of your audience the fewer learning objectives will be missed.