Being able to evaluate and establish learner context is an important skill for effective training. In this video, learn how to judge the effectiveness of alternative contexts for your learning events.
- Hey, let's talk about context. No strike that, strike that. Let's talk about the extreme of no context. Let's remove all the context for this video. There, we pretty much got nothing, no context. How interesting is that? Everybody does better than this of course but, often not much better. What if we start introducing content right away? Pretty much if already that context is so often it's done. What about if we add graphics and color to the slides. And you might hear the instructor say it's a central that you know the relative cooking times for each of these following items. And if the next slide lists more food, which might very well and over and over boredom, perhaps even frustration starts setting in quickly. Anxiety for some, might skyrocket because they're worried, do I have to memorize this list or not? How am I going to be called on? Do I have to list 'em. While others are thinking this is ridiculously basic I mean come on, listing all these foods and cook times, I'm already thinking about what I'm going to do tonight. This is not what we mean by learning context in CCAF. It doesn't describe a specific situation in which the learner will be performing a task that they're about to learn. You know, contrast this typical lack of context with a CCAF based design, which would be something more like, Hey, glad you're here. We need a cook. Are you ready, willing, and able? Here immediately we learn who this training is for obviously a perspective future cook. And I'll have a chance to show what I can do. This is going to be great. The context is further elaborated as the story presents and builds. And you start imagining you're really at work, cooking, doing those things that are important to success. I'm going to step in to a kitchen. A server is going to give me orders to cook up. Really? This is going to be active I'm for it. We can see the context is important to me. Context is essential.