Saturday, 21 January 2012

..the ABCD model...

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.  ~Clay P. Bedford

At the very beginning, I have to confess that, when I saw the ABCD model in our weekly assignments, I felt a little bit anxious. It seemed like I will never finish reading and I will never understand this way of writing the learning objectives.
 While I was reading the first instructions how to write a learning objective by using the ABCD model at  , I felt like I was in a big city for the first time and I will never find a way out of this city.

When I finished reading, I tried to write the first learning objective but it was not successful. As I was eager to cognize about this thread more, I continued reading the additional resources. The second source was Kizlik, B. (2003), How to write effective behavioral objective, Boca Raton, FL: Adprima, Retrieved May 14, 2003, from .

While I was reading this, it started to become clearer and clearer. The sentence that attracted my attention was that the purpose of a learning objective is to communicate. 

In the second thought, when the ABCD model is used there is no any mystery about preparing a lesson and thinking how we will make our learning objectives more effective.
It is divided into four segments where everything is so clearer and more precise. We know who we teach (A-audience); we know what we expect from the audience to do (B-behaviour), we know what sources are used to demonstrate a certain topic (C-condition), and at least we can know how much of it will be acquired (D-degree).
A last thought, this way of writing a learning objective makes me feel happy and more confident.


  1. Hi Rade,
    It's really nice to read your blog. We learned many new things in this week and I'm happy to know about ABCD model. I like your confession and I also felt nervous about writing from different angle at first. This is something I have to work on to understand more about writing objective. Finally we have finised our week 2. :) Have a nice day!
    Zun Phyu

    1. Dear Zun,
      Thanks for your comment. We learned many new and useful things this week and Week 2 was so exciting one. I also have to work on to understand more about writing a learning objective. Yes, we came to the end of Week 2, but I look forward for Week 3.
      Have a nice day, too.

  2. Thanks for sharing your sincere feelings. You know what, you were not alone.

    I also liked the article you shared on ADPRIMA.

    Oh nice work with the images in your blog! I see you are a visual learner :)

    1. Hello Melissa,
      Thanks for your post. I knew that I wasn't alone, but it seemed so for a moment. I enjoyed the ABCD model assignment.
      Best regards...

  3. I really enjoyed rading your blog! It's so fun and I feel sympathy with your picture. Also my heart is caught by the cited phrase "the purpose of a learning objective is to communicate".
    That's true. It's a communication between students and me. Thank you for sharing such a insightful line with us.

    1. Dear Kaori,
      Thank you for your comment. Yes, it is really true that the purpose is to have a good communication between students and me.
      Kind regards...

  4. hi Rade

    I like your sharing that nice saying by C. Bedford with us. You know that curiosity is one of the main reasons that help us learn and I totally agree with it.


    1. Hi Kat,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, the curiosity is very important for us if we want to learn more.
      Best regards...