Set the stage … this project is to update some current content and to design a brand new module.
Me: One of the items we’d like to update is the long list of learning objectives. Right now in the current course there are forty listed here. With the new module – that will add 23 more objectives. Listing over 60 learning objectives at the beginning of the course is not effective … and might even be un-motivating to the learners.
Group Member 1: Well, we really need to make sure the learners know what to expect in the training.
Group Member 2: What do you propose? Removing the objectives?
Me: Oh no … sorry … wasn’t very clear. No, what we can do is list the objectives at the beginning of each module. For the course introduction we’d provide a more general statement about what the goal of the course is.
Group Member 2: So, we’re not going to lose the objectives?
Me: Not lose them. Just reposition them in the course materials. And tweak them so that they are meaningful to the learners.
Group Member 2: So long as the learners know what’s expected of them …
Group Member 1: They need to know what is expected.
Me: Is it a matter of knowing what’s expected or being motivated to learn what’s expected?
Group Member 1: I don’t understand. What’s the difference?
Group Member 2: You’re saying like a “what’s in it for me?” type of presentation?
Me: Yes, that’s right. The suggestion is so that the learners know quickly and clearly why they should spend time with this content … so the intent here is to motivate them to learn and not bury them with a long list of bullet points, which they’ll probably not read because it’s so long.