Understanding Is Hard to Prove and Harder to “Design To”

Learning Objectives As An Advanced Organizer

But it may be sufficient for the Learners.

As an Advanced Organizer – where you: “tell them what you are going to tell them” – before “telling them, and showing them, and having them show it back to you” – and then in your close/wrap-up you “tell them what you told them” – and maybe ask them to further reflect on that. And discuss that. Now … and Later (ideally Spaced).

But … Understand … !?!

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And in fact anything more that “telling them” that they’ll UNDERSTAND a list of things – may just be overkill-in-the-extreme.

Giving the Learners more than the list of Understandings – it just might overwhelm them – when you should be building confidence – or correcting over-confidence.

Understanding – as the preface of a Learning Objective – is poor IMO … but not for the Learners.

It’s poor … for the Developers.

Understanding Is Totally Insufficient

Understanding – as a preface – would be insufficient for the Developers doing Development after the Designers did the Design.

And hopefully Analysis happened before that.

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And Planning before that.

It Takes More Than Understanding

Developing to some ill-defined UNDERSTANDING Level is too vague a target – most of the time – IMO.

Yet Understanding is indeed on the path to Awareness, Knowledge and also Skill.

Just don’t stop there – for the sake of the Developers – and for the Learners too – except for those times when you might simply overwhelm the Learners with anything more than that.

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