As a mom to a little girl who will be turning one shortly, I’ve realized that I’ve quite suddenly become a teacher of basic life skills for her – how to eat, how to go to sleep, how to walk, etc. For the first few months of her life, I used a cold hard approach to teaching some of these skills, such as “let’s just put a bottle in her mouth and hope that she takes it.” When this tactic failed miserably, I started considering applying instructional design to my teaching strategy, especially the concept of “chunking” learning. Having worked with instructional designers for several years now, I have learned some of the basic design principles so I could better understand the design process and create instructional media. “Chunking” is breaking a large piece of learning down into bite-size pieces of learning so students can master small tasks before performing the large, overarching task or goal.



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