Instructional Techniques: Tips, Techniques, Best Practices

“Most ideas about teaching are not new, but not everyone knows the old ideas” Euclid, c. 300 BC

It’s the simple truths that need the most practice. Take a fresh look at some of the basics: What is learning? How can we establish and maintain learner motivation? How do you differentiate between a presentation that is designed to inform and persuade and a presentation that has instructional intent? What methods, tools and techniques are available to you to make your sessions dynamic and engaging? What about the most visible media—yourself! Learn to speak and move effectively, and most importantly to listen so that you can respond to your learner’s needs for clarification and feedback. Anything new here? Depends on where you are coming from but we tend to agree with Euclid. On the other hand, it never hurts to engage with some simple truths.


  • Integrate the principles of adult learning into course delivery.
  • Use learner-centered learning objectives.
  • Apply the Systematic Learning Process to course delivery.
  • Deliver training so that participants are motivated to learn.
  • Implement a variety of instructional methods.
  • Use questions to ensure interactive instruction.
  • Test for understanding using questioning techniques.
  • Respond to questions using four different methods.
  • Give and receive constructive feedback.
  • Improve delivery skills through practice teaching and feedback.
  • Plan continued self-development as an instructor.

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