Performance-Based Instruction: The Results of The Keck Project

Dr James Armstrong,
Mrs. Kavis Winston
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This workshop will provide the results of a four-year project beginning in July 2002 to redesign the English major, the psychology major, and the acting component of the speech and drama major using the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) process. As far as we know, no college or high school has attempted to apply this model to redesigning academic curricula, but its success in business is such that in the aerospace, defense, commercial airline, nuclear power, and healthcare industries, ISD is the standard process for teaching employees to perform at highly competent levels over the long term.

With the current emphasis on accountability of both students and teachers, ISD offers an integrated way of connecting objectives to content to evaluation instruments so that students are responsible for what is taught. Since ISD is a performance-based approach, students are evaluated for their skills. While the ISD process is used in creating the curriculum, the instructional designers are also using some active learning methods and techniques to deliver the instruction to students. Active learning emphasizes hands-on, interactive approaches to classroom instruction.

This presentation will also employ active learning methods as we involve the audience. As an added bonus, all participants will receive a handout with descriptions of some of the best active learning strategies we've used in this project to take back to their own classrooms.

Keywords: Instructional Design, Active Learning, Teaching and Learning, Performance-based Instruction
Stream: Teaching and Learning
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr James Armstrong

Director, The Keck Project, Virginia Union University

Mrs. Kavis Winston

Instructor, Department of Languages and Literature, Virginia Union University

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