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To Create An Effective Learning Program, Tap On Pre-Existing Knowledge

Want to increase the odds of creating an effective learning program?

Then this article is for you.

“A little knowledge is a dangerous thing”

~Unknown

Building on what your learners already know, instead of starting from scratch, isn’t just smart.

It also ensures your learners are better able to understand and apply what you’re teaching.

Which, in turn, is a contributory factor of an effective learning program.

Via Linda Campbell and Bruce Campell (2008):

They must integrate the new material into their existing knowledge, construct new understandings, and revise current beliefs or theories as needed.

Consider these factors:

  1. How does your material challenges the assumptions and beliefs of your learners?
  2. What pre-existing knowledge and prior experiences must your learners have in order to greatly benefit from your material?
  3. To what extend does your material require your learners to engage in a new set of behaviors?
  4. What environmental factors is most conducive and supportive of those new behaviors?

Question is:

How do you identify your learners’ pre-existing knowledge and prior experience?