Our journey begins by first understanding why we are taking a journey in the first place. Goals are the core when developing a learning program and the strategy, all information, activities, and assessments orbit this core. Defined goals give us a basis for what is important and what would make the end results of our program a success. Goals are often two-fold. Not only do we have goals and objectives, but so should our audience. Our goals are often financial, important to business, important to health and safety, analytical, required by law, and/or political, while our audience may just want to learn, is required to learn because of their education or job, or, like in the case of our bike enthusiast broken down on the side of the road or a homeowner who suddenly has a broken furnace, placed in a situation where learning is imperative. Goals have levels too. We might have one all encompassing goal for the learner as well as goals that specify what we want to see in our program. Here is a quick listing of my goals:
- Having been in a prior situation requiring I change my bike tire, and having thoroughly perused the Internet, I was unhappy with the level of information explaining the act of changing a bicycle tire. I want an easy, yet more comprehensive way to educate someone on how to change a bike tire.
- I want to better inform the audience about the tools required, the process, problems that often or rarely occur, and finding why the tire may have gone flat.
- Provide an additional printable or mobile solution that is accessible to someone on the road, without the luxuries of possibly the Internet or a screen.