LeanForward’s Instructional Design philosophy is based on the concept of lean forward activities. LeanForward activities are those that engage the user and thus require the user’s effort and concentration. Such activities ensure that the user is actively participating in the experience, causing them to lean forward.
When applied to learning technology, lean forward technologies interact with the learner to promote a deeper understanding of the information being presented. Learners who receive lean forward methods of instruction are therefore more likely to master the information and apply that knowledge in real-life situations.
LeanForward’s Instructional Design model begins with the Instructional System Design (ISD) model known as ADDIE (analyze, design, develop, implement and evaluate). Upon this foundation, LeanForward incorporates advanced Instructional Design and Adult Learning Theories such as:
- Robert Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction
- Benjamin Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives
- John Keller’s ARCS Model of Motivation
- Malcolm Knowles’ Adult Learning Theory
By blending the best of many instructional design models and adult learning theories, LeanForward’s instructional model enables us to maximize the learner’s comprehension, retention and behavior change.