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The Criticality Approach to Content Selection

For the purposes of instructional design, criticality is defined as a purposeful process for content selection and inclusion guided by criteria that contextually classify objectives into one of four areas: critical, required, prerequisite, and unnecessary.

What this means operationally is that a designer is able to take a series of objectives or skills and then work with SMEs to determine which content really needs to be included in a course or series of courses. This is useful because there sometimes arises a need to reduce the quantity of content in order to fit a specific amount of implementation time available, keep costs within a budget, or numerous other related reasons. No instructional ...

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