Each instructor conducting a training session should follow these guidelines to ensure that instructional consistency occurs each week. Our learning approach is based on learning theory and instructional strategies to help deliver instruction in a well planned and meaningful way.

All instructors should keep Gagne's Nine Events of Instruction in mind when delivering instruction.

Instructional Event - Internal Mental Process

1. Gain attention - Stimuli activates receptors
2. Inform learners of objectives - Creates level of expectation for learning
3. Stimulate recall of prior learning - Retrieval and activation of short-term memory
4. Present the content - Selective perception of content
5. Provide "learning guidance" - Semantic encoding for storage long-term memory
6. Elicit performance (practice) - Responds to questions to enhance encoding and verification
7. Provide feedback - Reinforcement and assessment of correct performance
8. Assess performance - Retrieval and reinforcement of content as final evaluation -
9. Enhance retention and transfer to the job - Retrieval and generalization of learned skill to new situation

Conducting Class

Class will consist of the following act ivies:

  • Quiz bowl relating material from Schaum’s book, and material from prior class sessions (30-45 min) The quiz bowl will be used to engage the students and to stimulate recall from prior lessons.
  • Provide a sample to illustrate what will be learned for the session.
  • Review prior week instruction. Review can consist of
    • Coding using prior lesson and home work. (challenge advanced students with info out side of scope)
    • Use sample material and have students explain
    • At a glance cover prior material quickly entertain questions, work a problem, move forward.
    • Give a test

    Note: Apply one or more of the four to ensure learning has occurred. This can be applied as individuals or as a group and will help to lead into the current learning session.

  • Provide instruction each session after the review.
  • Team building exercises to promote collaboration, cooperation, scalfolding and team work. During these exercises, the roll of the instructor is to motivates learners, monitors and analyzes their performance, provides comments and feedback, and promotes reflection and articulation on new information learned (Jonassen, 2001).
  • Student will be encouraged to articulate at all times to improve on communications, presentation skills and to promote scaffolding.
  • Perform task, such as building a flowchart and models of daily task that they perform to begin the scaffolding process.
  • Plan their week and day
  • Introduction to web based applications

When teaching syntax and structure, use anchored instruction.

  • Give a big picture view of the syntax then decompose the big picture. Use examples, samples etc.
  • Engage the student by either giving them a sample and have them explain what they thing will occur or have them apply the syntax or stricter to in a problem form.

Al way make an effort to end each learning session with either an individual or group projects.

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