Questions to Ask: Methodology
Your content and objectives impact the best way to offer the programming. Your audience also can impact your methodology. Thus, how you answered earlier questions impacts the methodology you choose. In addition, consider the following questions:
- Do you consider the content to be: Theoretical? Problem-solving? Applied knowledge? Technical? Fact-based? Contextual? Personal and reflective? Soft-skills? The content and objective can determine what pedagogical method or mode of instruction makes the most sense. Below are some examples to illustrate how the type of learning objective can drive the method.
|Identify chemical symbols||Flashcards|
|Tie a knot||Watch then do|
|Understand impact of a historical event on a culture||Listen to lecture, read an article|
|Apologize in Swahili||Listen and repeat then role-play|
|Understand white privilege||Dialogue, discussion & reflection|
|Respond to conflict||Scenarios & role-plays|
|Follow a process using software||Instructional video + written job aid to reference|
- What methods of delivery work best for this content when delivered face-to-face? Why? Will this change when it is offered online?
- Will you need to update the materials frequently? Some online formats are easier to update (text) than others (video).
- How will the learners be using the knowledge and skilled gained? Will they want to have job aids, access to review materials, etc. afterwards?