Type 1: Task-directed

Characteristics of task-directed learning design

This learning design is characterised by the following attributes:

  • learning is set within a realistic context (eg a virtual workplace, industry setting)
  • the learner is cast as an employee/worker within a virtual workplace
  • the learner is led sequentially through the learning process involving a deliberate set of contextualising activity(s)
  • each activity focuses on developing learners' familiarity with information and content through description and practice activities
  • each activity provides interactions that stimulate reflection
  • the learner can access other resources if required (eg how to communicate)
  • the final component of the setting is a directed consolidating activity that provides opportunities to practise what has been learned in a contextualised and holistic activity
  • learning is assessed through measures of success in the consolidation task requiring application of knowledge.

There are many examples of task-directed learning designs within the Toolbox suite of products. These examples are characterised by learning settings where the presentation and exposition of information is used as the basis for the learning setting. The presentation typically leads opportunities to practise and rehearse and the learning culminates in the provision of a consolidating activity, which links the various components together in a form that provides opportunity for application and reflection in simulated and/or actual workplace environments.

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