The art of being a subject matter expert on a project that uses worked examples

Sprout Labs is embarking on building a new program that is based around an instructional design approach called worked example. This blog is partly for the subject matter experts (SMEs) that are working that project but I thought other people might find it useful as well.

A worked example is a step-by-step demonstration of how to perform a task or solve a problem. Worked examples are used extensively in the teaching of mathematics and are eminently suited to training in highly-technical areas as well as in teaching and learning for the high-level skills that professionals require. Jeroen J. G. van Merriënboer and Paul A. Kirschner talk extensively about worked examples in their book Ten Steps to Complex Learning. The worked example method is similar to the case study approach. The difference is that worked examples focus on the thinking and decision-making processes that an expert needs to apply. In other blog posts I hope to go into more details about what they are and how the can be used.

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