We all use learning objectives when we plan faith formation sessions. Really strong learning objectives point to action-oriented outcomes. Maybe it would be better to call them doing objectives! This is the advice of the leadership organization, The Ken Blanchard Companies.
Learning objectives in Christian education sessions are always supposed to lead learners to discipleship and discipleship is about action. Yes, the right kind of thinking is essential for the right kind of action, but the action is the objective. If you are in the midst of planning a learning session, what will your doing objectives be? Here’s the difference that might result from shifting our outcome thinking from learning to doing:
Doing objectives direct the presenter to engage the learners in a discipleship plan based upon the core content of the session. Learners don’t just understand the content, they are inspired to act upon it. Learners leave sessions that are formed around doing objectives with a clear idea of how their learning will be implemented in their lives in the immediate future.
Even though the following educational article by Vicki Halsey is directed to business leaders, it will provide ample insight into why and how action-oriented learning can transform your faith formation programming:
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