Dr. Brinkerhoff’s Instructional Model: Promoting Effective Learning

I’ve been in the Learning and Development field working in global corporations for over 10 years and I can tell you from personal experience that having a good instructional model makes a world of difference when you want learner engagement and retention.

Dr. Robert Brinkerhoff, in his book High Impact Learning, outlines an instructional model that promotes powerful learning interactions.  The model includes 4 major components: 

  1. Strategies for presenting content
  2. Opportunities for learners to practice content
  3. Approaches for soliciting feedback
  4. Promoting learner reflection

I’ve created a mindmap to highlight the components of Dr. Brinkerhoff’s model:

(Click on mindmap to enlarge)

Consider this model and share it with those responsible for learning and development at your company.

Remember, you don’t have to use every strategy noted in the model.  

However, every learning event should include the four main components highlighted in the mindmap:

  1. Present content 
  2. Provide Practice
  3. Engineer Feedback
  4. Promote Reflection

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