Developing goals and objectives is the weakest part of most seminars and workshops. Generally, most presenters think in terms of their own personal objectives – what they want to do, and not of what they want their participants to accomplish. I’ve heard people say: "I’m going to give a workshop on Energy Healing" and "I’m going to tell them how I heal others." What they do not say is what they want their audience to leave with, after the seminar is done. What the audience is to learn, the skills they will take home with them, is the vital part of of the seminar. And it’s often forgotten.
Have you ever attended a course or workshop in which the presenter talked and talked, and, for the life of you, you could not figure out how to USE any of the information in your own life? That presenter had forgotten to look at his or her material in terms of learning outcomes. Instead, it was all show and tell.
Developing participant-centered goals and objectives is not difficult. But, you need to know the proper terminology and schema of objectives to make them. There is an academic language of objectives that I want you to become familiar with. This academic language will help you write meaningful objectives. In turn, when your workshops are guided by them, then your participants will leave you with very specific skills, attitudes, and information that they can put to practical use in their own lives. And that, after all, is the goal of any presentation.
There are three major types of objectives that you will be learning to use. I will provide an overview here, then send you deep into the language of objectives on additional pages. When you have explored all three types of objectives in depth, then I will ask you to submit to me your first "real world" written assignment.
OVERVIEW OF DOMAINS OF LEARNING
There are 3 major types of learning. Cognitive Learning deals with the mental processes we use to remember, to think, and to problem solve. Ask yourself "What information do you want your participants to learn in your workshop?"
Affective Learning reflects the values we place on the information we have. It is about our attitudes and willingness to participate in new things. Ask yourself "What attitudes do you want your learners to embrace during your workshop?"
Psychomotor deals with physical skills that require body-mind coordination. Ask Yourself "What do you want your participants to be able to do by the completion of your workshop?"
Now it’s time to explore the domains of learning in detail. Here are the links to the 3 domains