What is a Lesson Plan?
A lesson plan (or instructional design plan) is a tool used to outline the sequence and flow of activities as well as talking points for a training session. Beyond activities and talking points, this often includes bigger picture items as well, such as learning objectives and session materials.
Other Common Names
Other common names for lesson plan include:
- Presenter Notes
- Facilitator Guide
- Instructional Design Plan
- Written narrative of a training session’s sequence and flow
- Guidance on how much time to spend on any given topic, talking point, or activity
- In addition to an outline of talking points and activities, provides big picture information that could include overall session goals, specific learning objectives, and materials to be used during the session
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Learning Experiment: Ex + Lp = More Engaging SME Presentations
What’s possible when a Subject Matter Expert maps out what they want to say and how they want to engage their audience through a lesson plan, instead of immediately opening up PowerPoint when they have to put a presentation together?
Learning Experiment: Ex + Lo + Lp + Em
Subject matter experts can struggle with trying to present information in which they are experts. As training professionals, there are some things we can do to help.
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As you’ll discover in more depth when you examine element 36, Soapbox is a tool that can help you quickly concoct your own lesson plan. The lesson plan (or facilitator guide as the Soapbox software calls it) will allow you to determine how much time to spend on which activities. The added advantage of the Soapbox format is that it connects your learning objectives with activities designed to help accomplish those objectives.