Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Gagne's Nine Events of Instruction

Gagne created a nine-step process called the events of instruction that correlates to and addresses the conditions of learning. In my training design and development class, I recently completed the Nine Events of Instruction for Writing an Effective Resume when Conducting a Job Search which follows:

1 Gaining Attention - Hundreds of people are passed every day up for a job interview due to poorly written resumes!

2 Informing Learners of the Objective - Point out the top mistakes made when writing a resume.

3 Stimulating Recall of Prerequisite Information - Handout poorly written resume samples to the learners to refer to for learning how to find the top mistakes.

4 Presenting the Content - Discuss formatting, font size and type, objectives, job history, white space, applicant tracking systems and so on.

5 Providing Learner Guidance - Have learners discuss the problems they see with the poorly written resume samples previously handed out.

6 Eliciting Performance - Engage the learners to fix the problems they see in the resume samples and to share their ideas with the class.

7 Providing Feedback - Share previously corrected versions of the resumes with the class to see if their ideas match the corrected versions.

8 Assessing Performance - Have the learner correct their own resume they were asked to bring based upon their knowledge at this point in the class.

9 Enhancing Retention and Transfer - Inform the learners that the skills they have learned can be applied to presenting their qualifications on an online business networking site such as or a job board like

Several people in the class asked if I was going to go ahead and setup this class and offer it to the general public. It's a sign of the times we are faced with today.

Thanks for reading,

Kevin Love, MBA
Training and Development Professional
Dallas / Fort Worth Area
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