Now that you have a statement of purpose and your tasks outlines, you need to address your objectives. Objectives are (deceptively) simple: What do you want your student to be able to do after they’ve completed your instruction?
A good objective has the following characteristics:
- Observable behavior, action, ability, or skill
- Conditions of performance: when/where is this measurable behavior going to take place, limitations or stipulations, or other various variables.
For example: The student will be able to bake a perfectly cooked loaf of Challah bread in the school kitchen.
The student will be able to correctly analyze problems in the fermentation and baking stages of a loaf of Challah bread.
DO NOT say your students will understand. You can’t directly measure understanding.
DO NOT say your students will known. You can’t directly measure knowing.
DO NOT say your students will learn. You can’t directly measure learning.
You will know that these things have happened through other behaviors, so be specific. Use come cool verbs. Check out this guide by Iowa State University on Writing Good Objectives if you get stumped.
Crafting the Actual Instruction
Choose a form that fits your instruction. This could be a slideshow app like Keynote, PowerPoint, Prezi, or Slides. You could use instruction authoring software like Adobe Captivate or SoftChalk. You could use a series of videos recorded using a program that utilizes screen-capture and then edit it in a video editing program. You could build a website. You could use an LMS like Canvas, D2L, Blackboard, or Moodle. The possibilities are somewhat limitless. You can opt to not use an online platform as well.
You have the rough blueprints for your instruction with the flowchart you created in Exercise 5. Now you just need to flesh it out. I recommend creating a highly-detailed outline, preferably a storyboard of some kind. Write out all the words you want on your slides, where they will lead to, the script for your narration or video, the images you have created or responsibly sourced (don’t forget to make sure that everything has the proper licensing/permissions and to cite everything you find!), etc.
Then make it. Make your awesome instruction.