The First Principles of Instruction, from Dr. David Merrill, provides a framework for designing instruction that moves beyond the rote, information-based instruction that is commonplace in corporate learning and all levels of education. Learning should be problem-centered, require activation, include demonstration, require application, and incorporate opportunities for integration. On January 27th, I facilitated a Learning Views webinar webinar that explored the First Principles of Instruction. The recording of the First Principles of Instruction webinar is available for those who would like to watch. We discussed E3 instruction, problem-based learning, activation, demonstration, application, and integration.
Instruction should be effective, efficient, and engaging (E3). I think we can all agree on that. But, what is the real meaning behind each of those terms? We asked the 100 webinar attendees, and here are some of their responses for each “E” in the form of a word cloud.