Andrea Cebula
Educational Consultant At Adobe Systems

Train the Trainer Course: Kaia's Learning Path

Lesson Plan Published 7/11/14 Last updated on 5/15/18

This is a resource for the Train the Trainer course.

Review Kaia's sample learning path plan, and then review Thomas's plan.

Reflect in the two plans and share your thoughts in the discussion thread.

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Lisa Troxler

Posted on 7/6/18 3:42:44 PM Permalink

​I like Kaia's learning Path. If I was boss and looked at it, I would see how she wants her class to progress. I see that she's allowing them time to create and time to demonstrate. She's very detailed compared to Thomas' version.

Marco Casanova

Posted on 7/5/18 4:39:05 AM Permalink

​I like this plan very much. It is detailed and I think it makes good use of time. I think you can get better results than Thomas's plan.

Jennifer Allen

Posted on 7/4/18 5:09:08 AM Permalink

​This layout is much better - much more detailed, keeps things going, etc. This seems more on track with what we were learnaing about earlier - giving the learners more time to do be creative on their own. So many of my evals at the end of the semester lately have said they wanted more creative time and less step-by-step in the book. It is making me rethink using books and try to be creative myself on how to better serve my learners.

michael Logan

Posted on 6/26/18 6:36:33 PM Permalink

The difference between both lessons is that Thomas wants a completed lesson before the session is over so if there are questions or concerns he will be able to address the students personally right there in the training​. Kia's lesson allows for more student interaction and creativity with maximum peer support and its not focused on student leaving with a finished product. I can see the use of both methods. like we have been learning the whole course the instructor should know their student and know which lesson plan would work for them.

Cristina Salup

Posted on 6/25/18 11:03:47 PM Permalink

​I like Kaia;s plan given that it allows for more time for the students to practice with a person who may be able to hel trouble shoot problems for you. I dislike leaving a conference thinking I have understood something only to get stuck and see the program do things that never happened during the demonstration by the trainer.

michael Logan

Posted on 6/26/18 6:37:04 PM Permalink

I agree

Lisa Troxler

Posted on 6/24/18 5:11:30 AM Permalink

​Kaia's approach is different than Thomas'. Although her is better planned out, it allows for more creativity rather than feature based like Thomas'. But with hers, should she not be able to make it, I would think her plan would be more adaptable when someone took her place.

michael Logan

Posted on 6/26/18 6:37:58 PM Permalink

I think it depends on what your expected outcome is.

Shirley Hopkins

Posted on 6/21/18 6:31:40 PM Permalink

I think much depends on the expectations of the class. Do they want to learn Illustrator or do they want to explore logo creation? 15 minutes of introduction would be a little long unless much of that time is used to get to know what the students want to take away from the class (this can lead to a list of talking points or topics for brain-storming). Thomas' is more centered to learning the software, Kaia is focused on building creativity. Yes, break the class down into digestible modules. Allow ample time for exploration and/or discussion between and be flexible.

michael Logan

Posted on 6/26/18 6:38:23 PM Permalink

Absolutely correct I agree


Posted on 6/20/18 12:49:34 PM Permalink

I liked reading each version. I am more accustomed to Thomas version with a large amount of demonstration time. I However, I find this taxing on the presenter. I am intrigued by Kaia's plan. I may have to try it myself. I wonder if students would get enough technical background to complete the assignment, or if they would be frustrated. I teach 2.5 hours of instruction and students do the independent practice at home for homework. There are videos they can watch of my demos if they get confused. I cover an enormous amount of material (illustrator 7 weeks, photoshop 7 weeks) There is no guided practice. After reading the posts, I will definitely add guided practice in the future.

This method is extremely exhausting for me, since I teach two 2.5 hour classes back to back. Any thoughts?

Kristen Samuelson

Posted on 6/19/18 10:27:35 PM Permalink

​Kaia's plan was better for a couple of reasons...

1. There was more time for the Guided Practice & Independent Practice than the Direct Instruction. So it makes it more student centered than the plan Thomas created.

2. I like the detailed explanation of each of the sections of the lesson that Kaia did. Thomas gave just an overview of the 3 different sections whereas Kaia had it planned out more precisely.

Caryn Heilman

Posted on 6/18/18 1:00:10 PM Permalink

I like Kaia's lesson plan much better than the other. I am especially interested in how to guide interactive partnered learning as this has been a bit more of a push in my experience. I am interested in trying the "Ask Three, Then Me.​" Particularly in relation to Thomas' plan to wait until everyone is on the same page before continuing his direct instruction, this approach is much more feasible. There could easily be a problem that disrupts Thomas' plan for the time and having pro learners waiting at each step does not optimize their options for time.

Lee Leewis

Posted on 6/18/18 11:45:55 AM Permalink

​What I immediately like about Kaia's lesson plan is that it breaks the session down into smaller units of time with incremental and achievable goals. Because it is significantly more detailed than Thomas' lesson plan, I believe she will manage her time better. In addition, she begins the session by broadly introducing the software, the learning objectives, and showcasing examples of previous student's work which helps orient the students expectations both for the course and themselves. Furthermore, she models the entire process in 15 minutes instead of 70 minutes of discrete actions that each student is required to follow. This places less strain on the student's working memory and allows them to focus on one specific activity. Kaia also encourages more reflective engagement and group work by having her students analyze logos together in groups of two, something Thomas' neglects to do. I think these kinds of activities are important in creative work because it gives students the chance to evaluate what they want in their own personal logo. There are many more reasons why I think this is a superior lesson plan, but I'll leave it here for now.

shamir yanay

Posted on 6/17/18 9:09:49 PM Permalink

I like it much better, mainly because of the background explanation and social learning. However, there is not much time to teach or demonstrate technical skills, which might be a source of frustration and oppose a real challenge on the lecturer's time and attention. Kaia might need to be tackling questions and 'problems during the pair 'work-session'.

Allison Cameron

Posted on 6/17/18 4:05:08 PM Permalink

I find this to follow the I do, We do and then You Do model. I like the flow of this one better but the other could work if necessary. I like how the guided practice followed the direct instruction and then the individual practice occurred after each part of the lesson and not at the end. I think that is crutical in learning at any age.​

Roberta Schlehr

Posted on 6/16/18 2:55:57 AM Permalink

Closer to the model that I personally follow. ​

Bobbi Keinsley

Posted on 6/14/18 3:23:31 PM Permalink

​I find that Kaia's learning path to be very similar to how I structure my lessons on a daily basis. I appreciated her focus on feedback and collaboration and I feel that the time spent is better aligned and will keep the learners engaged throughout.

Sebiana Savia

Posted on 6/11/18 9:38:39 PM Permalink

I like It more than the other because gas more detail​

Colin Brackenridge

Posted on 6/11/18 4:17:25 PM Permalink

​The better option of the two. Engagement and collaboration would lessen the learning curve

Diane Smith-Wilks

Posted on 6/11/18 3:42:42 PM Permalink

​I preferred Kaia's learning path and liked how she only spends 25 minutes on direct instruction and a greater amount of time on guided practice which allows for collaboration with participants. I especially liked her rule of "Ask Three, Then Me" so other colleagues would be questioned first.

Heather McLaughlin

Posted on 6/11/18 12:49:49 PM Permalink

​I really like how Kaia's gives detailed instruction of each step. Thomas' still gives steps and an instructor can work from it, but there are not stones left uncovered in Kaia's.

Aziz Soubai

Posted on 6/8/18 5:11:26 PM Permalink

​This one is clear and each step is detailed and serve a purpose

Majo Mora

Posted on 6/5/18 8:56:57 AM Permalink

​This Learning Path explains in detail what is going to happen during the workshop. Participants with no experience with Illustrator will find it very useful as they know what is going to be the end result of their work. Is it easy to keep the time like presented by Kaia?

Paul Cifone

Posted on 6/5/18 1:25:03 AM Permalink

​I do prefer the thoroughness of this Learning Plan, i imagine it would suit less experienced teachers who would benefit from the extra breakdown of time per task etc.

Brandon Schut

Posted on 6/5/18 6:59:55 PM Permalink

I agree, Paul; this would be perfect for less experienced teachers. It was very detailed, but does not leave much room for interruptions/questions​ throughout.

Jürgen Liefke

Posted on 6/1/18 2:35:52 PM Permalink

If I were interested in learning how to work with Illustrator with no prior knowledge of the software, I'd chosse this course because the instructor was /is able to show with a maximum of transparency what he can expect and will do. Somthing I learned from teacher tranings was the fact that teachers of my age are worried about errors that occur do not want to be seen by others when they feel uncortable with the situation. If they read this plan, they knwo long before they start what can they can exspect to see, what they will we able to do alone after the course, and there will hardly occur situation I've just desribed. The only thing I would like to see here as a slight improvement would be a kind of an illustration to raise the attention of the future participants made wit hIllustrator and the statemtent : You like it ? Join (me) us and you can do it. What I think is really good is the fact that participants are able to work in pairs when they anlyse logos and develop their own ideas and strategieswith reagards to a logo. Only if I understand for myself what key elements are relevant for a successful logo I am able to work on my own ideas. In pairs I can develop vocabulary to define what is goos and what isn't and defend my decision. I always have a partner to rely on which is relevant in the entire creative process.

Kathryn Evans

Posted on 5/29/18 7:19:35 PM Permalink

​A well constructed and detailed learning path which will give participants a good overview and practice of the software, I would like to see a little more independant practice.

Leonardo caroleo

Posted on 5/29/18 10:04:50 AM Permalink

​Extremely detailed. well structured and a variety of tasks to introduce and develop the trainees. I found this very useful in working out timings and tasks. I also like the way pair work is used and develops pre-production. Great example


Posted on 5/29/18 2:01:04 AM Permalink

Kaia's learning plan is well organized and the direct instruction is well within the limits of issues with attention span concerns. It also takes in consideration of community learning. However, I would adjust the guided practice a bit to allow for more time for Independent Practice; it is here will the instructor can evaluate to see if the workshops learning objectives and outcome were successfully meet.

Robert Bourgeois

Posted on 5/20/18 11:01:05 PM Permalink

Kaia's plan is extremely detailed and allows the audience to explore as she explains. She encourages them to work together and models what she is going to teach them as well as providing student work samples so they understand the end goal. She also allows them the opportunity to discuss how logos come together and does a little pre-production on paper before going digital, which is always a good idea.​ Very organized, very useful!

John Speck

Posted on 5/19/18 8:41:41 PM Permalink

​Kaia's is far more detailed and useful, not just from the student perspective, but the instructor too, is able to manage the minutes and flow of the lesson in an almost choreographed, scripted fashion. While this type of Learning Path appears OCD in terms of details, it is most appropriate when teaching a studio course.

Thomas's (sp?) is fine if you are looking for an "at-a-glance" type overview of a lesson. But if I were Kaia's supervisor - or prospective student, I would be pretty certain that I was going to be busy learning in her class.


Posted on 5/19/18 3:50:43 PM Permalink

Kaia's workshop is one that I would like to attend. The objectives are made clear at the start, participants are given time to both work in pairs and individually, are provided logos to analyze for inspiration, critique, and structure, and have support materials in the form of screenshots. The more confident users of Illustrator are encouraged to move ahead and incorporate tools not demonstrated in the guided practice. Kaia, although not explicitly referred to in the learning path, also incorporated design thinking into the workshop when she has the group first sketch on paper before moving to the software. Having a place for sharing the final logos online provides the participants a place to go after the workshop has concluded to see what others created. This also saves time during the recap.

Overall the learning path and approach to the workshop is one I would like to use in my training but I would allocate less time to the guided practice and more to both the introduction and the independent practice. I believe Kaia has rushed both steps 1 and 2 during the direct instruction.

Eileen Morrow

Posted on 5/18/18 2:17:32 PM Permalink

I would allocate more time (at least 10 minutes) at the beginning to highlight Illustrator's professional applications and capabilities along with examples as new teachers may not fully understand the "WITFM" (why they should use this tool).

Tom Dahl

Posted on 5/17/18 12:11:54 AM Permalink

​This appears to have been an observation rather than a plan. If it is a plan, it is too rigidly outlined.

Carol Lorigan

Posted on 5/15/18 3:35:52 PM Permalink

​This Learning path is well planned and each segment is timed.

anulekha roy

Posted on 5/15/18 3:28:51 PM Permalink

Kaia's learning path (LP) had too many parts in the direct instruction section, which increase uncertaininty. It appears there is no give in the time-frame for questions. Overall the LP is sound. Testing it will be important.

Kate Lee

Posted on 5/15/18 9:55:18 AM Permalink

Both of the learning path plans aptly identify the target audience, which is important for selecting instructional strategies to best engage learners and achieve objectives. Although the learning objectives for both plans state what the learner will be able to do upon completion of the session, the instructors neglect to include how these objectives will be measured. Both instructors use a variety of pedagogical approaches - direct instruction, guided practice, independent practice - to engage their learners, but I feel that Kaia's modeling strategy encourages both independent and collaborative work. The deconstruct/construct exercise of existing logos and the sketch activity are excellent ways to emphasize the importance of ideation and pre-production planning. Kaia embraces the role of facilitator and encourages exploration and collaboration throughout her lesson plan.

Leslie Tang

Posted on 5/14/18 10:54:12 PM Permalink

To help have participants start the classroom training on approximately the same level, I have provided online introductory videos and short exercise simulations as pre-work. Once the class starts, a Kahoot game acts as a community builder and quick review.

Phillip Loyd

Posted on 5/14/18 5:21:13 AM Permalink

I agree with Dr. Powell. My concern is Kaia's teaching as you go method. Some students may not progress through the application on pace for whatever reason.; they then become stressed because they are not "keeping up" which places a new dynamic into the instruction.

Terry Powell

Posted on 5/14/18 12:52:32 AM Permalink

​I feel that Kaia is very distinct and detailed in her outline for her course. Where they both have the same learning outcomes - I tend to feel that Kaia is perhaps too detailed. As an instructor - when we have a detailed plan such as this - you need to allow yourself some flexibility.

How many times have we mapped out a lesson to a "T" and something unexpected happens. How does Kaia handle this? Perhaps the situation takes up two minutes or even four or five minutes which has now cut into her planned activities. Does she cut back on the student's 10 minutes where they have to create the logo or does she cut part of her own instruction.

I believe her plan was definitely more detailed and well done where Thomas' allows for more independent practice. In having this available can better aid the student to better understand or build on their creativity.

Phillip Loyd

Posted on 5/14/18 5:23:26 AM Permalink

Dr. Powell,

I agree. I can't tell you how many "greatest ever" Lesson plans I have created and then watched them disintegrate when ​applied to living breathing students.

sandra dueck

Posted on 8/25/17 5:23:38 PM Permalink

​Maybe I have ADD, but this seems like a very nice, very typical, very dull lesson. To me, it would be more fun to start with the guided practice. E.g.-at the start Kaia shows the target product(completed logo) and points out main features of logo design--maybe 3 'do's' and 3 don'ts'. Then she hands out old fashioned pencil and paper and students would make a preliminary sketch of their logo (and the logos would have personal relevance to them, not all the same). Then small group show-and-tell, which would simultaneously serve as an ice breaker. Then, once she has accessed prior knowledge (of what a logo is) and created cognitive dissonance (students identify gaps in their knowledge), she could have them do the analysis exercise. I'm not sure why they have to do a follow-along exercise; she could use video demos which students access as needed, and her role would be to float and trouble-shoot. This would leave more time for students to practice using Illustrator directly, which in my opinion should be the bulk of the workshop.

Sally Brown

Posted on 8/22/17 2:57:17 AM Permalink

Kaia paid attention and has outlined her session according to the Learning path training. Her detailed lesson plan gives the amount of time each section and each step within the sessions will take. She asks "effective questions", encourage further exploration, and she reserves time during the Guided practice for the group to share, as well as time for independent practice, with the opportunity to discuss with those in the class. Lastly, she asks the participants to share their finished logo on a share file after the class.

Joy Russo

Posted on 8/22/17 12:28:09 AM Permalink

​I think this one is well planned out. The one thing I like about Thomas' plan that this one could use more of is maybe less instruction and more freedom to create. Thomas has some step by step which would be good for those who are not very oriented to the program. I've done this exact lesson and it's very hard to be this concise with people first learning the program. Though it's great to make students ask each other before asking you, that works with things that you have already covered that people can't remember. But it doesn't work as well if they are trying to do something that was not covered, it just creates more annoyance for the people trying to work.

Renee Waters

Posted on 8/19/17 12:23:21 AM Permalink

​This plan is the extreme to the Thomas' plan. This is well thought out and design to engage the audience. She has followed all the ttt steps. It is well done and helps to promote design and creativity by the teachers it is designed for .

Elaine Roser

Posted on 8/12/17 6:16:25 PM Permalink

​I like this plan also - it gives the participants a chance to "reflect" on existing logos using the tools they have been introduced to. I am not sure there was enough time for the participants to actually learn to use the design tools in Illustrator.

kimberly reed

Posted on 8/11/17 4:16:22 PM Permalink

​Clearly Kaia has followed all of the wonderful information presented from Adobe's TTT course :) Her LP is very organized with the exact detail needed to ensure success. The inclusion specific timing for each step will ensure Kaia stays on task and the learners have ample time to practice with guidance before they continue independently.

I noticed Amy Dellwardt mentioned the high amount of learner engagement which will help learners stay focused and on task increasing learner success.

Elaine Roser

Posted on 8/12/17 6:20:07 PM Permalink

Keeping people busy is not the same as them learning the processes. It is very difficult to teach techniques and have participants follow along in 8 minutes - some participants learn by doing while others learn by watching; but neither can learn by doing both simultaneously.

Amy Dellwardt

Posted on 8/9/17 8:54:15 AM Permalink

​There is lots of engagement in this plan. Participants seem to be active during much of the time. There is always something to accomplish.

One concern I have is having the design due after the end of the seeion. If participants don't have access to the program or version after they leave, they may not be able to complete it.

Merlene Love

Posted on 8/8/17 9:33:38 PM Permalink

Kaia's learning path is well organized and extremely detailed. It is straight forward clear and concise. I really like how she detailed the direct and guided practice and dove tail into the independent practice. I like how she engages the participants and creates an opportunity for group collaboration.

Lori Johnson

Posted on 8/8/17 6:01:46 PM Permalink

​This plan is very organized. Also, each section has a very detailed plan of action, including, participation, instruction and time.

Gladys Chow

Posted on 8/5/17 5:50:48 AM Permalink

​Kaia's lesson plan is very detailed and organized in each step. Her plan seems engaging with the participant involvement and group work, and also appreciate that there were students examples of the finished product to show to the participants.

Diane Shepelwich

Posted on 8/3/17 12:33:40 AM Permalink

​Kaia's learning path is much more in-line with what we have been discussing in this course and goes along with the suggestion made by Hodgson in the audio tutorial: tell them what they will be doing, get them doing it, and then tell them what they have done.

Kaia limits the time that she is doing direct instruction and dedicates most of the time for the participants to be collaborating and learning together. The session is guided but she offers flexibility in allowing the participants to influence and be a part of the learning path. Thomas, on the other hand, wants to control every single move and not allow participants to engage, collaborate and learn from each other.

Debora Tartaglia

Posted on 8/3/17 12:18:00 AM Permalink

​I think Kara's lesson has a lot of activities that teacher and students can really be engaged with. There is good time management through out the sessions. It keeps the session moving and keeping the audience interested.

Eric Engle

Posted on 8/2/17 8:05:14 PM Permalink

​What I think is most effective in Kaia's lesson plan is how it is broken down to the last minute! As a teacher, if I were to see a PD plan set for 3 hours without of a breakdown of what was expected and how to manage the minutes, I would be in severe trouble. People need direction!

Connie Ferch

Posted on 7/30/17 4:44:00 PM Permalink

​Kaia's lesson plan is well thought out and incorporates the direct instruction, guided instruction, and independent practice learning paths in meaningful ways. I like the idea of analyzing popular logos and sketching logos before jumping into the technology. I think Kaia's participants will walk away with a positive learning experience.

Sally Brown

Posted on 8/22/17 2:58:44 AM Permalink

I would take Kaia's class as opposed to Thomas'.

Rob Hurley

Posted on 7/30/17 7:31:18 AM Permalink

​A clear, comprehensive and well considered plan; however, Like Thomas' plan the Learning Objectives are too ambitious for participants who have no prior Illustrator experience.

Sally Brown

Posted on 8/22/17 3:00:24 AM Permalink

Rob, you make a good point that the Learning Objective may be too ambitious for the time allotted because it took me much longer to create the logo required for this course.

Lori Lind

Posted on 7/29/17 8:37:28 PM Permalink

​Kaia's timing may be a bit aggressive. I think it will take longer than 2 minutes for task 1, but overall the plan is solid. I like that she has them develop a logo for the school instead of themselves. And I think designing on paper first is always a good idea. That way the partners can show the teacher the concept if they are struggling with how to accomplish their design. I also like the fact that the students can work together to problem solve as well as work with the teacher.

Marcia Latta

Posted on 7/29/17 12:03:50 AM Permalink

​Kaia may have just completed the Train the Trainer course. Her lessons aligns more closely to the recommendations from speakers throughout each week: She starts with an overview of the lesson and learning objects, provides examples of relevance by discussion professional applications and offers opportunities to participate in a learning community by allowing collaboration. Direct instruction is limited and there are ample opportunities to practice new skills through guided instruction and independent practice.

Mary Breyer

Posted on 7/28/17 12:01:44 AM Permalink

​Much better lesson! Great ways to increase creativity and students' learning.

Kathryn Gaymer

Posted on 7/27/17 2:16:00 AM Permalink

Well done. There is time for creativity and ​a free interchange of ideas. This gives the participants time to think to encourage creativity. By talking about it enthusiasm and engagement occurs.

Monica Leslie

Posted on 7/26/17 5:02:37 AM Permalink

​This lesson plan is inclusive and provides opportunities for participants to engage in peer dialogue and assessment. Opportunities are made available for participants to observe how existing models were constructed, how techniques were sequenced or executed to solve meaningful problems, and to provide participants with information about alternative use cases and prospective career options that can be communiated to students.

Darcie Priester

Posted on 7/25/17 11:51:08 AM Permalink

​So much better! Participants should learn a lot from this workshop. I like how she has the teachers work together to analyze other logos and then create a product together, something that makes sense for them and shows them how to start the process of creating a logo. Gives me some good ideas for my lesson plan on Spark.

T. Donald Walls

Posted on 7/25/17 1:04:13 AM Permalink

​Katie made the plan about the participants. This plan is geared toward making the participants responsible for their own learning.

Stephen Horvath

Posted on 7/25/17 12:59:36 AM Permalink

This is a great student-centered lesson plan. if only my lessons were more like this...

Misty Puccio

Posted on 7/24/17 6:38:08 PM Permalink

Very organized! I like how she gave them a chance to work in pairs and then individually. That would be very important for those who are intimidated. Also, I remembered the "Ask 3, then me" from an earlier session. I think this is a great way to encourage collaboration.​

Mara Thorpe

Posted on 7/23/17 8:06:51 PM Permalink

​The lesson plan is very detailed... great separation of direct instruction, guided practice and independent practice. I would take the times as a guide... I don't think you can really get that detailed, but it's a good starting point.

Matt Bone

Posted on 7/23/17 4:44:37 PM Permalink

​Much more time is focused on group development rather than direct instruction.

Donna Strobel

Posted on 7/23/17 11:42:48 AM Permalink

​Kaia's lesson path was better than Thomas because she did less direct instruction. Her plan was also more detailed than Thomas'. If this was PD I would pair them together to come up with one amazing lesson path because they both have some great ideas.

Kevin McDaniel

Posted on 7/22/17 3:52:52 PM Permalink

​I like the detailed steps Kaia has provided in her plan. She even has some of it down to 2 minutes.

David Ryan

Posted on 7/22/17 6:19:52 AM Permalink

​This is rigged! Poor Thomas was framed. I bet smart-pant Kaia gave out lollies during the session too.

Jennifer Miller

Posted on 7/28/17 9:46:54 PM Permalink

Haha! I bet you're right!

Audrey Wrobel

Posted on 7/22/17 2:34:40 AM Permalink

​Nicely developed lesson plan, with plenty of detail given on the steps she plans to take. Her process seems to adhere to the best practices as far as flow goes, with plenty of time given for guided instruction and much less attention given to direct instruction. I like how she intends to engage the students by encouraging deliberation among the students. I believe she may just need to go over it with Bloom's taxonomy terms, possibly; making it as student-centered as possible.

Sharon Prest

Posted on 7/21/17 9:03:18 PM Permalink

Definitely well organized. She briefly gives her background, which is always nice to know. I like that she has the teachers creating a school logo, something personal to what they do and allows plenty of time for guided training.​

Veronica Baca

Posted on 7/20/17 11:20:04 PM Permalink

​I like the breakdown of the direct instruction/steps. It provides a great flow to the lesson.

giselle harvey

Posted on 7/20/17 10:11:03 PM Permalink

​very well planned and detailed. Step by step learning pathways easy to follow.

Ramos Arias Manuela

Posted on 7/19/17 4:58:01 PM Permalink

​Much better, very organised and well planned.

jassmen alvarez

Posted on 7/19/17 2:28:07 PM Permalink

​Now that is a plan! She must work in my district:). On a more serious note, from her plan I can tell that she has experience with the topic which encourages engagement on the participant's side. There is purpose and measurable outcomes as well as predictability on the participants side.

Sally Brown

Posted on 8/22/17 3:02:34 AM Permalink

She is more participant-centered than Thomas. The lesson plan example given is great, but much more ambitious than I desire my first lesson to be.

Rebecca DeWitt

Posted on 7/19/17 1:41:56 PM Permalink

​I think it can be hard sometimes to do a lesson this way if your are used to doing it with a lot of direct instruction. You have to be willing to let go of control and step into a bit more of a chaotic atmosphere. I think this is a better way to run a class, but you have to be ok with letting go a little.

Ari Vega

Posted on 7/19/17 1:40:51 PM Permalink

​Kaia' plan was well planned and contained good details about each part. Her development time is dramatically increased, but would provide the benefit of clear direction on any part of her presentation for her and for others.

Kerrie Scott

Posted on 7/19/17 8:59:25 AM Permalink

​Wow... very organised and well planned... Kaia must have done this plan a few times before to have known exactly how long each section is going to take.

Kathryn Arnold

Posted on 7/19/17 12:39:01 AM Permalink

​Kaia's plan is very thorough and uses friendly terminology such as "Let's get started" , creating a sense of inclusion. I am ready to sign on for each of these :-) I get the sense that Kaia desires participants' participation and engagement. In the descriptions, the language used conveys a sense of relevance. Both of these point to key points in Greg Hodgson's audio file.

Derek Darcy

Posted on 7/18/17 11:50:17 PM Permalink

​I like how it is well written explaining the steps, what will be taught/learned, how it will be taught. the general structure is very nice

Susan Woodward

Posted on 7/18/17 10:34:41 PM Permalink

​Kaia has put a lot of thought into what will happen in this time period. Not only has she planned a coherent sequence of events that allows for direct instruction, guided and independent practice, she has detailed what she and her learners will do in that time period to accomplish the logo making goal. I think that going through the process with a partner until you get how it all works, then going onto your own project is tremendously helpful.

Thomas' plan just seems so incomplete. Also he wants the students not to engage with each other as much as Kaia does. He has a very short guided practice time and during the independent learning he asks for questions to be directed only to him. He is not taking the resources that are the students into account. The independent time without speaking would probably be pretty uncomfortable for many students.

Kaia's plan is more doable, more controllable, more enjoyable, and easier to make sure all relevant information is passed on.


Posted on 7/18/17 9:05:16 PM Permalink

Kaia's plan is very detailed and shows quite a bit thought has gone into the design of the training session. The details in each of the learning path will help the instructor think of the student's needs. She has developed a comprehensive design that will engage the students at each level. Showing student work will help others recognize tools/designs that others may be interested in learning but just didn't think about it during the session.

Cynthia Bowers

Posted on 7/18/17 8:33:08 PM Permalink

​Kaia is thorough with her plan. It is a long session, so she is wise to have it planned out in advance re: timing. Kaia takes training seriously. She also encourages participation, collaboration, and asking questions during the session so she will potentially receive excellent reviews as a trainer.

Andrea Bilkey

Posted on 7/18/17 4:55:45 PM Permalink

​Much better. I like that there is a sharing of the work after the class, focusing more on what is learned during the class. I'm considering changing the end of mine to reflect this.

dorothy lynch

Posted on 7/18/17 3:11:39 PM Permalink

​Kaia's plan is much better than Thomas's. Kaia's plan there is step by step development of learning and engagement. Three hours to learn about creating a school logo, maybe also incorporating that the possibilities in using Adobe Illustrator are endless.

Kelly Cotton

Posted on 7/18/17 1:15:47 PM Permalink

Kaia’s plan is much better in allowing participants to learn together and enjoy what they are doing. I like that she makes the guided practice something relevant by having the participants working on a school logo. There is no stressful importance on the final product. Instead the focus is on the learning process. Those who do actually finish their personal logo will still have the opportunity to share.

Jason Frost

Posted on 7/18/17 8:53:34 AM Permalink

​Kaia's plan stick much more to the teaching and learning model I am familiar with. Minimal direct instruction, peer learning, doing, assessing and peer review. This method engages students much more as they are given a level of autonomy with their learning and this promotes independent learners. The level of engagement is therefore much higher. It also shows an understanding of differentiation within the group.

Stacey Dennick

Posted on 7/18/17 4:12:00 AM Permalink

​this is the kind of class I want to take!

D L Reynolds

Posted on 7/17/17 11:59:50 PM Permalink

​MUCH better, and there is much about the plan that I can apply to further hone my own plan. I really like the degree of planning in the outline, and think the emphasis on collaboration is excellent. This is a much less stressful class than Thomas's, and it looks like a lot of fun.

steve hunts

Posted on 7/17/17 8:31:13 PM Permalink

​I agree that this is a better plan. It is more participant oriented and gives ample time to create and complete the assignment. I think this would be an excellent PD session to attend.

Susan Nowoslawski

Posted on 7/17/17 8:08:25 PM Permalink

​Kaia's plan is well thought out and looks like a really fun session! The participants would end the session inspired and empowered to create more.

Meghan Russo

Posted on 7/17/17 7:49:18 PM Permalink

​Nice lesson plan. It has great timing and well thought out

Sarah LaRose

Posted on 7/17/17 2:47:12 PM Permalink

This is an excellent lesson plan. The timing is excellent, and the session is very participant-centered.

Kathy Herold

Posted on 7/17/17 7:34:59 AM Permalink

​A class I would enjoy sitting through. Very student-centered.

Meghan Russo

Posted on 8/15/17 2:30:30 PM Permalink

​Me too!

Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 4/25/17 8:12:00 PM Permalink

​Thanks got what i was looking

Noel Gussen

Posted on 9/4/16 3:15:57 AM Permalink

Obviously Kaia's plan is a complete turn round from Thomas'. She clearly has an understanding for classroom management and learning functionalities. Her plan is well thought out with a desirable break up of Direct Instruction, Guided Practice and individual practice.

erin speck

Posted on 8/22/16 5:47:05 PM Permalink


A very detailed and structure plan.

I need to learn from this!

Elizabeth Calabria

Posted on 8/17/16 12:47:20 AM Permalink

I enjoy the detailed description for each of the 3 sections. As much as I enjoy step by step instructions, I think the walk through for the direct instructions will be more beneficial for a class size of 25, an overview of the application is the best way to start.

Robbie suhr

Posted on 8/14/16 1:54:12 PM Permalink

Student oriented. She also shows examples of the outcome, allows the participants to share what they have done, problems and successes. She has more of a plan for the finished product instead of telling, she is showing and explaining and focused on what the participant can do.

Julie ODell

Posted on 8/11/16 5:13:37 PM Permalink

Kaia's plan is much more student oriented. She stars by telling a little about the program and shows examples. This I think makes the participant more curious about the program. Then she reviewed what was going to happen in the session. I liked that she let the participants work in pairs and then go about working on their own. Encouraging the participants to walk around and see what other are doing was excellent. Also I liked sharing of the finished product.

Karla Kiper

Posted on 8/12/16 6:45:24 PM Permalink

I agree Julie. Kaia's plan is much more detailed and requires more planning time, but is focused on the student. Thomas PD lesson plan would be very easy for someone else to replicate, but Kaia's would force the trainer following her plan to dig a little deeper.

Jane Ostrander

Posted on 8/9/16 2:00:07 AM Permalink

Kaia's plan is exemplary. I would do less time on guided and more on individual. Then again, I haven't ever taught Illustrator so her timing may be what is needed for most learners. As others have stated, Kaia puts the students needs and interests at the center of the learning. Thomas puts his idea of their needs and interests first.

Lee Peck

Posted on 8/4/16 4:28:55 PM Permalink

Kaia's plan is much more student-based than the plan Thomas has created. Lots of time for peer interaction and time to ponder and absorb what was taught in the direct instruction.

Dionne Felix

Posted on 8/2/16 2:12:28 AM Permalink

Kaia's lesson creates a viable teaching and learning environment and allows for adequate instructor-led segments and peer-to-peer interaction. Depending on the task, I would pair a more experienced student (i.e one who is more familiar with the task and technology) with a student who is less familiar.

Even with the best laid plans, things won't always go as anticipated. However, Kaia's plan allows for success--barring any major setbacks. The plan is viable enough that a major interruption occurs, the session can continue (from the point the class left of) at another time.

Shannion Forrester

Posted on 8/1/16 12:27:42 PM Permalink

Kaia's Lesson Path is well designed and detailed. I would allow more time for individual practice. I would set a task for the pair work like, draw a snowman and give him a name, etc.. Maybe a fun activity to break the ice.

Ken White

Posted on 7/26/16 5:04:08 PM Permalink

I would have to take a lot more time than I did to fully evaluate her plan. I just read it and thought about it, and I would need to actually try and follow it.

That said, she was way to specific in thinking a class could be run on that tight a schedule. But if she came close to the schedule I believe her students would learn what was needed.

Robert Leneway

Posted on 7/23/16 10:49:18 PM Permalink

Working in pairs for learning a new application works well, but once the student knows the tool, I believe that students are best left to improve upon their learning individually and then come together for peer suggestions and evaluations as they need to make their learning their own.

Karel te Lintel Hekkert

Posted on 7/23/16 5:30:14 PM Permalink

I agree with Sedaris, but I do not know if the teachers can work with Illustrator after this three lessons, and if they are content with the result.


Posted on 7/20/16 8:59:23 PM Permalink

Learning Objectives – Incorrect definition – Unite is a function within pathfinder.

Time > Better balance

Direct Instruction > Excellent sequence of functions.

Guided Practice > Allows plenty of time. Creates pairs of participants 1st. Shows examples but encourages their own creativity while working in pairs. Follows a design process for the logo development. Allows for group share.

Independent Practice > Conversation is encouraged, actively participants in the participants learning, Allows for time after session to complete the logos

Sedaris Sharp

Posted on 7/20/16 6:40:28 PM Permalink

Kaia's learning path is very well thought out and detailed. She demonstrates the template that was provided to us by having participant centered, guided practice and independent practice. I like the fact that she utilized the "Ask three, then me" technique which allows participants to talk with others to understand what they did and how. Sometimes it's easier to learn from peers than the instructor.

Jeanine Huebner

Posted on 7/20/16 12:00:56 PM Permalink

Kaia's learning path is very well done. The direct instruction provides an overview of the tool and examples of student work. The direct instruction also orients the participants to the user interface. Kaia's path reviews the objectives; further, the path models the skills needed to make the logo and the logo-making process itself. The participants are encouraged to work in pairs and collaborate. The participants are encouraged to design the logo on paper first before using the tool. Finally, there is time for group sharing of projects.

Brian Johnson

Posted on 7/19/16 12:50:43 PM Permalink

Well planned and should encourage creativity.

Adaeze T. Merah

Posted on 5/11/16 1:04:05 AM Permalink

I found it to be very useful, but I was very disappointed that I could not incorporate this into my learning process. I was in the middle of up loading my final submission and was unable to because the system locked down at 8PM Eastern Standard time on today the 10th. The system didn't give a deadline for the 10th and its quite disappointing when you work so hard and not be able to finish. I intend to re-enroll in the next course perhaps by then I be able to catch up. I am still learning the time zones and that really confused me. It is 9PM on May 10, where I live however, it says that its May 11, in the posting.

Adaeze T. Merah

Posted on 5/10/16 2:16:33 AM Permalink

I like one which allow for more creativity

Mae Golden

Posted on 5/4/16 6:39:52 PM Permalink

Kaia's plan was more detailed and lent itself for a better student experience, because it allowed the student to be more involved in their learning process. There are opportunities for hands on exploration, trial and error and encouragement to complete and show the class a finished process even after class was complete. That encourages learning to continue.

Karen Akerson

Posted on 5/3/16 9:50:40 PM Permalink

Kaia's plan encourages learning and isn't the "see one, do one" method. I particularly like the idea of "Ask 3, then me" to look to fellow students as resources and help to build relationships and functional teams.

Claude Filimenti

Posted on 4/30/16 7:09:47 PM Permalink

Kaia's plan is a model. It is both efficient and will provide great opportunities for creative learning.

karen privitt

Posted on 4/29/16 7:54:16 AM Permalink

Kaia's plan reduces the time allocated to direct instruction in favor of considerably more time for guided practice. And as they learn by doing, participants are encouraged to interact with others to share ideas and to support each other. This fosters a natural relaxed class environment where all participants have a chance to discover and learn together.

Kent Messamore

Posted on 4/21/16 5:58:52 PM Permalink

I like the pair interaction in Kaia's learning path very well.

Susan Fogg Eisdorfer

Posted on 4/20/16 8:58:41 PM Permalink

Ditto for Kaia as the more clear alternative.

Annette Moinette

Posted on 4/16/16 1:10:14 PM Permalink

Kaia's path is much more interesting and gives the learner more creativity and interaction with the class.

However, I see that they are both instructing 25 middle school TEACHERS from different content areas. This means these learners are non-traditional. And Thomas's approach of the traditional format may not be a bad way to go either... So many of these practices should already be ingrained in people who teach.

As an instructor myself I sometimes like the direct approach.

Danny Webb

Posted on 4/14/16 8:05:40 PM Permalink

By far Kaia's is better to understand, a better flow & organized

Peter Crass

Posted on 4/11/16 1:19:54 PM Permalink

Felipe Payan

Posted on 4/11/16 4:35:16 AM Permalink

I have to agree with all my fellow online educators; this is a tale of two different instructor styles.

Thomas follows a traditional lecture directive top-down old school approach that goes contrary to what we have learned in our Adobe class Kaia though more closely follows Blooms taxonomy by encouraging students to explore however expand time for guided practice and instructional independent practice so students can as classmates mentioned play experiment and test out the program. Learn by doing.

J. Aleman

Posted on 4/7/16 2:30:34 PM Permalink

I like Kaia's plan better since hers is more detailed. She focuses more in student's interaction, and gives them more time to think, analyze and dive into practice, which from my perspective will make the participant feel more comfortable, less pressured or confused, therefore she might get better results (be more effective).

Claire Richards

Posted on 4/7/16 11:23:35 AM Permalink

My thoughts on this workshop is that if you have people working in groups it is good to get the direct instruction out of the way early as drawing people back together again can be tricky if people are truely engaged.

What I like about this plan is the collaboration and also the planning for sharing and discussion at the end, creating an audience for their product and group reflection and celebration.

I don't feel that the analysing of a famous logo is a good 'hook' the showing of student work is fantastic but the whole project of designing a random logo needs to be more relevant to busy teachers who could be creating a resource to use in class.

Elizabeth Heeney

Posted on 4/6/16 1:22:02 AM Permalink

By far, Kaia's plan is far superior to Thomas. Her idea to pair participants together in a guided instruction period is a better practice. Thomas's plan to hold participants hostage to the Sage on the Stage approach breeds disengagement and is a set up for a disaster. Kaia's introductory period of 10 minutes followed by direct instruction of 15 minutes tops fits into the best practice outline. I might have thought Thomas's approach was superior until I have taken this course. This has been a very helpful exercise.

Jason Trenwith

Posted on 4/5/16 3:05:51 AM Permalink

Only downside I can see is that Kaia plan instructs learn to design a logo on paper then construct it in Illustrator. By giving everyone the same logo to produce it would ensure the same tools are used. Or ensure only a very basic logo should be draw on paper first I can spend days drawing customers logos that they have given me on paper until it looks great.

ed coover

Posted on 4/5/16 12:30:12 AM Permalink

This is a very detailed and thought out learning path plan. I Particularly like the idea of easing the participants into the program by having them first design their logo on paper which they are probably comfortable with. I also the idea of using the groups shared knowledge to support each other in the "3 then Me" strategy.

Edward Matone

Posted on 4/4/16 7:30:56 PM Permalink

I think the idea of sketching out the logo idea on paper is a good idea for a beginner at designing. The thought process will flow easier for them since they are familiar with working that way, and the computer program can be intimidating and frustrating to many who are new at thinking of a logo design. When you are not familiar with the tools, it can be very hard to just produce on the screen and to start brainstorming ideas. I do think her plan is well thought out, better than Thomas' plan anyway. As long as her detailed time slots can be flexible depending on the learning styles of the learners, this plan could work. I would not get so caught up in the timing and would allow ample time for the guided practice to be broken into more sections to retain the learners interest. Handing out screen shots of the functions covered in direct instruction is a good idea for the learners to recall what they were shown. Their personal notes and relying on memory might not suffice.

nathaniel owens

Posted on 4/4/16 8:50:54 AM Permalink

In comparison to Thomas' plan I would recommend Kaia's plan because it is detailed oriented and a more comprehensive plan. I would modify her time components (1) Guided Practice (-40 minutes), (2) Direct Instruction (+10 minutes), and (3) Independent Practice (+30 minutes) this would allow maximum independent practice and more time for participants to be engaged and become more familiar with interfacing with Illustrator. Finally, I would group the participants into groups of 4 to 5 members allowing for participants to choose their direction of learning, while the facilitator surfs the room for questions or concerns.

David Hammerbeck

Posted on 4/4/16 8:31:11 AM Permalink

Kaia's is very specific, though I would question whether this plan is appropriate for teachers of ALL grade levels, K - Higher Ed, as she claims. I would say that there are almost too many steps now, the opposite of Thomas. You should be shooting for something in between. Step 2 in the first part is too short, rendering Step 3 potentially useless. The Guided Practice is good, though at 85 minutes , again I question its practicability for teachers of all levels.

John Burton

Posted on 4/3/16 10:56:48 PM Permalink

Kaia's learning path is very detailed. With each portion mapped out, she can easily assess how well things are moving along and adjust accordingly. As a novice in the use of Illustrator, this plan will also help her ensure that she is not taking for granted, the lack of experience in her audience.

Kevin Bushman

Posted on 4/3/16 4:32:20 PM Permalink

Big differences? Not the traditional "I Do-You Watch-You Do" Model. -Share for Guided Practice (with an Ask 3 Then Me format) and then a repeat of that activity but independently. I like the format.

Mary-Elizabeth O'Toole

Posted on 4/2/16 7:38:15 PM Permalink

Kaia has created a very clear and logical learning path with a high level of interactivity.

Bob Murray

Posted on 4/1/16 6:31:03 PM Permalink

I like Kaia's learning path for her development session because it breaks the session down into manageable parts so that the right amount of attention can be given to the learning objectives.

I feel a bit better about my own learning path development and how I might tweak it to be more concise. That's probably an indication that I'm, as usual, attempting to cover too much content.

Ivan Bradley

Posted on 4/1/16 4:36:38 PM Permalink

Kaia's plan is much more specific and includes more methods that are useful for adult learners. I like the upfront description of the lesson and examples of logos. I like the inclusion of students using pencil sketches to begin the creative process. Additionally I was surprised that Thomas forbid students to work together during independent practice. There are few in the graphics industry that work independently!

Joanne Seador

Posted on 4/1/16 3:26:33 PM Permalink

I feel Kaia's plan is very specific and not as generalized as Thomas. She maps out the time for each part of instruction, whereas Thomas has a more overall plan.

The interaction between the pairs is more specific and lays out a very creative interaction.

Christine Headen

Posted on 4/1/16 2:48:15 AM Permalink

Kaia's plan is well thought out and written in very specific terms. I think it is better suited for the older participants with some knowledge of Illustrator.

Felipe Payan

Posted on 4/10/16 8:01:32 PM Permalink

True the lesson seems best for high school students or older adult learners.

Lily Yang

Posted on 3/30/16 7:02:09 PM Permalink

Both plans are well organized. Thomas' plan are more general but I think the Direct Instruction time might be too long and participants might be eager to do something or get bored. Because of the loosing plan, the training might be lead off by participants' questions, or distracted. Kaia's plan is very detailed with step by step instructions. It will take a longer time to write and develop, but if something happens to Kaia that day, any sub can carry on the training, just follow the plan. Also the time pace is better with Kaia's plan.

Carol Seufert

Posted on 3/30/16 4:06:00 PM Permalink

Kaia provides much more detail than Thomas, although Thomas provides a good overview. Kaia has much less direct instruction and more guided practice, which fits better with the training we have been receiving. I think this works better for hands-on training in something like Illustrator.

Billy Goins

Posted on 3/30/16 4:24:57 AM Permalink

Kaia's plan has a nice breakdown of the activities and is well developed. Her learning objects are focused on the participants and their take away from the training session and as the session closes she allows time for questions and group discussion. She has a very clear plan and provides a very nice model for instruction

Erin Richardson

Posted on 3/29/16 1:08:42 PM Permalink

Thomas' plan is a traditional lesson plan, similar to what we might see in an average learning environment. Thomas directs participants to do what he instructs by modeling and expecting them to repeat. He then allows them to work together, but even in groups they are working on individual projects. During independent learning, participant collaboration is discouraged. This model does not reflect Adult Learning Theory. Participants are directed to exactly what to do, not allowed to collaborate, but are enabled to creatively design their own personal logo.

Kaia's plan is better aligned with the learning model we are exploring in this course. Kaia introduces the concepts, shows the basics, and then encourages participants to explore Illustrator together. I like that the groups begin by designing a school logo. This allows groups to creatively design ONE project together (rather than isolating each member of the group by expecting them to make their own logo). Groups could even potentially cross-collaborate with other groups if someone was struggling. I also like that during independent learning, participants are encouraged to make a separate individual logo. Those who had no prior experience in Illustrator may now take what they learned in group work and apply it in an individual setting.

Felipe Payan

Posted on 4/10/16 8:00:06 PM Permalink

Excellent compare and contrast thank you for breaking down both teaching paths.

Michael Chow

Posted on 8/25/15 6:40:35 AM Permalink

Although both plans are good, Kaia's plan was exceptionally great with in-depth information by minute! I like the fact that she has time for critique time. I did this in my last UI course and I got the students to become the 'marker,' and give feedback where necessary. This allowed valid criticism to the UI design but it also gives others ideas on how to improve heir designs.

Sherry Hoover

Posted on 8/17/15 2:49:00 AM Permalink

Looks good! Well thought out. Good progression from simple to the individual student being creative with their own logo. The guided practice appears to be engaging and pairs of students helping one another. Like the sharing of the final design at the end.

Debra Dutkiewicz

Posted on 8/9/15 8:09:39 PM Permalink

This is a very well thought out plan. The steps are very well thought out and each leads directly into the next phase of the process. I think it's great that Kaia included student examples as well as recognizable logos throughout the process. The opportunity to work with another member of the group is a very sound choice. The reality of varying levels of creativity might even out using this strategy. Thank you for encouraging members of the learning group to use one another as resources. The ask 3 before you ask me allows learners to step up and lead at the same time encouraging questions. It also frees up the instructor to monitor the learning process and intervene if necessary. The only negative I foresee is time. Depending on the group there may be too much material to cover and execute. Having the end product uploaded and shared might be a way to counter that problem. If the participants are well motivated they might actually enjoy finishing their logos following the session.

Deanna Wolfe

Posted on 7/30/15 4:53:33 PM Permalink

Kaia's learning plan is exceptionally detailed and well thought out. It gives little room for off the cuff talk, but the content will be covered very effectively. Thomas is a lot more relaxed with his plan, maybe not enough details to accurately follow it.

Lynn Brennan

Posted on 7/29/15 9:55:00 AM Permalink

Exceptionally well thought through and concise plan. Kaia, has a far more gentler approach than Thomas - allowing the students time to conceptualize and grasp the concepts - this in my mind allows students the confidence to want to learn and explore further.

Meg Garven

Posted on 7/28/15 2:05:19 AM Permalink

Well thought out and a detailed plan, plenty of time for participants to practice and explore the various tools. Good to allow discussion amongst other students, but sometimes just have to make sure they are discussing the subject in hand and not getting distracted off the task.

John Pellman

Posted on 7/27/15 5:45:19 PM Permalink

Clearly laid out, plenty of time for participants to practice, not too much direct instruction. The timing for each section are good guidelines.


Posted on 7/26/15 11:27:26 AM Permalink

Great and well thought out. She provides clear overview of the session and shows examples of student work with clear instructions and participant oriented.

Direct instructions has clear and transparent learning objectives and participants are involved in the process and the use of a projector helps in demonstrating the skills to be applied.

Kaia provides a clear agenda for the direct instructions with a clear beginning, a middle and an end. She encourages participants to to work along rather than wait for her to finish.

She summarises the direct instructions by explaining the next step for the guided practice session.

Guided practice is great; she pairs the participants up and gives them tasks and choices. She has a clear agenda is well timed, achievable and realistic.

She provides choice of materials and encourages shared working and taking turns to ensure all are involved. She encourages shared knowledge by allowing participants to walk around and interact with each other and also she ensures that they are teaching each other by "Ask three, then me".

She monitors progress by circulating around the class.

There is time for reflection and for the participants to share their logos.

Independent practice: Kaia encourages participants to ask questions and she provides answers and continues to support the participants and also encourages continued support among the partcicipants.

She encourages the participants to advance should they feel the need to and completes the session by participants uploading their logos to a shared folder.

Marian Staudt

Posted on 7/26/15 1:44:02 AM Permalink

I like Kasai's plan more than Thomas'. I will refine my plan inspired by Kasai's. The timing seems just right.

Oliver Roopsingh

Posted on 7/25/15 3:08:39 PM Permalink

A detailed and well laid out plan. I like the timings of each section. This is something I would do and practice and tweak each time I use it.


Posted on 7/24/15 1:37:41 AM Permalink

Complete and well documented learning path. Kiai's attention to times helps her organize the time allotted and manage the live session. It's also so well organized that if Kiai had to call in sick that day, another instructor could take over for her.

Renee Hernandez

Posted on 7/23/15 4:48:33 AM Permalink

This is a completed plan!

Dawn Maitz

Posted on 7/23/15 2:14:52 AM Permalink

Kaia's learning path is well organized and detailed.

Rene Sanchez

Posted on 7/23/15 1:06:35 AM Permalink

I thought Kaia's learning path was pretty excellent, especially with the fact that she is new to the "best practices." She implemented them well...actually pretty awesome! She had her learning path well documented and she even had her time management broken out, so she can ensure she stays on schedule (or at least is able to do her best at it). I think she allocates the perfect amount of time for all three parts of the learning path. The biggest step I think she took and one of the most important when designing ANYTHING...whether it be web design, coding, an app you're building, whatever it is....the most important step is to start by gathering a little (but, not too much inspiration from other sources - and their is a good reason for not too much), and then instead of running straight to the computer, as most people always have the urge to do, she had her students start by sketching their designs out first on paper, and then moving to the computer and producing their sketched versions in Illustrator. This is similiar to web and app development, where you start off with quick dirty sketched of the flow of your pages and content, and then move to wire-framing, etc. Plus, I also love the fact that she still allowed her students to ask for help from their peers first before coming to her, and then she even allowed them to seek each others' guidance during the Independent Practice.

Annie Kelly

Posted on 7/22/15 1:37:49 PM Permalink

Wow great plan, I especially like the way she has asked the students to research and draw out the logos before heading into Illustrator. I also have noted the great idea of whole room collaboration in the guide practice section, where participants are encouraged to tour the room to get tips and hints for others, this looks like a fun and engaging lesson.

Wilder Bolanos Gomez

Posted on 7/22/15 2:24:36 AM Permalink

Thank you,

john allan

Posted on 7/22/15 12:51:31 AM Permalink

The way that Kaia's lesson is laid out, it will be very easy for her to tidy it up after running it and have an excellent lesson ready for her next cohort. I really like the use of traditional media and discussion rather than simply teaching to them while they are already at their workstations. I think I will be looking at this if I have to teach Illustrator in the future.

Mary Kennedy

Posted on 7/20/15 9:50:11 PM Permalink

Kaia is very well organized. She's broken each section into separate parts with a time limit for each. She encourages participants to help each other out. First by first placing them in pairs. Second using the rule of ask 3 before me. There is a definite flow to her lesson with sharing and talking about specific parts of the project built into the learning path.

I like how she encourages participants to explore other tools of the program once they've finished the objective given.

Calvin Hanson

Posted on 7/20/15 4:09:20 PM Permalink

Kaia's plan is more well thought out and she has a desire to succeed in her class. It is evident although she doesn't have experience she is open to the process and how it will benefit her.

Tyler Dockery

Posted on 7/19/15 11:38:49 PM Permalink

This looks great! I'll clearly need to look at this

Andreas Freiberger

Posted on 3/28/15 10:39:40 PM Permalink


Suzy Linstrom

Posted on 3/26/15 6:15:00 PM Permalink

Kayla's plan allowed for much more time during the guided practice. Working with a partner heightened the learning as each could ask questions and offer assistance to each other. Planning a joint logo to ensure that all could use the tools correctly and then transition over to independent practice where they would then design their own. Good flow of teaching/learning new material.

M McLane

Posted on 3/8/15 1:46:28 AM Permalink

Kala's learning path plan does not "dumb down" the instruction as Thomas' plan exhibited. She presented the instruction in a relatively brief period of time while allowing for much more time for guided practice. The participants had time for exploration of the interface. She provided her participants with screen shots of the various steps for extra guidance and encouraged pairs of participants to look at logos to critique prior to developing one. Her expectations were made very clear to the pairs and they knew exactly what they needed to do. Steps were planned-out very carefully. The guided practice flowed easily into the direct instruction phase.

Kala planned her learning paths with specific amounts of time broken up for each of the steps within the guided learning and independent practice. Her participants, unlike Thomas' participants, had a clear understanding of what was expected of them and what to complete in each time frame. Kala's learning objectives were more clear and more easily measured as to whether the participants mastered them. Kala continues to circulate throughout the room during independent practice and makes sure the participants are not getting off track by asking effective questions. Unlike Thomas, she encourages participants to help one another. She allows more advanced participants to explore additional Illustrator functionalities unlike Thomas. And, the final main difference between the two involves her encouraging her participants to post their completed logos to a file sharing space where participants can view each others' work.

udesh naidoo

Posted on 3/4/15 10:35:16 AM Permalink

Kaia's resource suits my teaching and learning style. It includes an opportunity for learners to exercise their skills by teaching their peers and learning from them as well. I particularly like the way the timing has been set, and the inclusion of pair and groups share is great to get feedback from learners as well as have a quick revision/recap of the content/skills learned.

The independent practise at the end allows for a reinforcing of learners confidence in their new skills, as well as opportunity to fins learners who may have some learning gaps.

B Greer

Posted on 3/3/15 5:05:03 PM Permalink

I really appreciate the time break down within the learning path. It complements the process of step by step delivery. I would defiantly recommend this learning path over the other.

Christopher Hill

Posted on 2/23/15 4:16:40 PM Permalink

I prefer this one to Thomas' version. There is much more collaborative work. I love the 'ask 3 then ask me' rule and will use that immediately! Nice structure with the facilitator much more on the side than on the stage.

Felipe Payan

Posted on 4/10/16 7:33:54 PM Permalink

Yes Chris there is a collaboration component.

Firas Jadaan

Posted on 2/21/15 7:12:46 PM Permalink


Nelli Levental

Posted on 2/17/15 9:32:23 PM Permalink

Great resource, I like the students interaction throughout the workshop and the group critique/feedback in the end of the session.


Posted on 2/17/15 7:10:02 PM Permalink

I really like Kaia's plan because of the breakdown of the time span. Whereas, Thomas big blocks of time. Its like getting ready for a marathon, you start slowly but steady.

Alan Humbert

Posted on 2/17/15 4:37:11 PM Permalink

The level of detail in the plan is tremendous. I especially like the long period of time dedicated to "discovery" guided portion of the lesson.

The way that students are encouraged to check out additional functions of the program is also good, opposed to holding students back so that everyone gets to the same place.

Felipe Payan

Posted on 4/10/16 7:37:45 PM Permalink

I like that you mention the "discovery" section of the lesson.

Felipe Payan

Posted on 4/10/16 7:37:53 PM Permalink

I like that you mention the "discovery" section of the lesson.

Mel Horan

Posted on 9/1/14 5:37:04 PM Permalink

I like the structured pair activity as way to think about logo design and ease participants into personal design.

William Brenner

Posted on 8/31/14 1:49:55 AM Permalink

I like the direct simplicity of how this is laid out.

Megha Arora

Posted on 8/29/14 7:57:44 AM Permalink

Awesome plan. I like this term called Ask three, than me.

Mavis McLean

Posted on 8/29/14 1:30:50 AM Permalink

This plan's distribution of time appears to be more realistic than Thomas' plan. I like how the participants will be paired in groups during guided instruction. The only concern that I have with this plan is that the participants will leave with an unfinished logo; instead the participants have been asked to complete the project at a later date and post it at some future time.

Fevzi Inan Dönmez

Posted on 8/28/14 9:05:16 PM Permalink

It's written that the popular rule "Ask three, then me". It's quite new for me. I like that.

Melinda Cowen

Posted on 8/28/14 4:13:43 PM Permalink

My first impression at looking at Kaia's plan is that she is taking every part of her learning path down to the granular level. As a beginning instructor this is a great way to be sure that the pace does not go too slow and items cannot be covered. As Kaia becomes more experienced she will be able to group items into one time frame and not need to divide everything up so much. She also needs to consider when things don't go the way she thought they would where will she adjust timing and what will she have to cut out or, what examples will not be shown, or give something as homework. The overall detail of the learning path is great. It seems to me that she is trying to put more into this learning path than the more experienced instructor.

Barbara Swanner

Posted on 8/27/14 12:19:32 PM Permalink

I really like this plan but think in reality adjustments to timing will have to be made on the fly based on the particular audience.

Dayna Stephens

Posted on 8/21/14 8:41:00 PM Permalink

Plenty of detail; paced well and time is distributed in a manner that gives participants the time for intro, practice and discovery needed to be successful with the skill set.

Jeannine Burgess

Posted on 8/19/14 6:15:45 PM Permalink

The learning path seems a bit too time restricted, it is almost like using a timed PowerPoint. I have had to do this in a few timed presentations, it is very difficult. I do like the detail and the structure.

Shahal Rajan

Posted on 8/18/14 6:57:18 PM Permalink

Staying to time will be difficult as her plan has too much emphasis on time. However, this amount of detail and the time dedicated to GP and IP with a short DI would work for adult learners. I liked how she introduces the different types of logos before starting the lesson.

Cindy Wagner

Posted on 8/17/14 8:35:13 PM Permalink

The percentages of direct to guided learning time would work for my adult students. I say percentages because when I'm actually in the classroom the plan is not fixed. If they need more of something and less of something else--I adjust on the fly.

Alex Medrano

Posted on 8/17/14 5:06:21 PM Permalink

This plan is well planned out and very detailed. I like the fact that the direct instructions is planned to a minimum and the learner is able to learn with a team. I do feel that the independent practice might need to be a little longer for the user to effectively create a logo they might be proud off.

karen baker

Posted on 8/15/14 2:46:16 AM Permalink

Kaia's plan is well crafted and most likely will instruct with ease. I like the incorporation of the Ask Three, then Me. Great way to deal with an instruction group of 25. In the independent practice she may want to allow for more sketching time or change the overall practice to 60 minutes.

Sharmine Shaw

Posted on 8/14/14 3:57:32 AM Permalink

Thomas' plan is very direct and well structured, however, it is possible to get lost in the timing of each stage. The organization which is evidenced by timing and sequence makes Kaia's plan more user friendly. I like the incorporation of strategies that anticipate participants problem areas and how to lessen the constraint on instructor by utilizing advance skills of the attendees.

Jigar Pathak

Posted on 8/13/14 11:08:00 AM Permalink

Perfectly planned learning path. Only thing is, it's difficult to stick to the fix timing.

Deborah Hargroves

Posted on 8/13/14 1:31:28 AM Permalink

I agree that this is a much better learning path. She has much better use of time and encourages participants to ask each other questions and support each other throughout the session. This plan should get much better results.

Ann Foland

Posted on 8/12/14 10:55:12 PM Permalink

This is an excellent plan. I am very impressed by her approach and intend to incorporate some of her ideas as I refine my plan. She has a lot planned for that time, but I think she will be able to work with that, and revise her plan as she goes. I like this plan the better of the two.

Trang Mai

Posted on 8/9/14 12:07:39 AM Permalink

Illustrator is a little more complex than Photoshop, I don't think this lesson is achievable in 3 hours. There's just not enough time to squeeze in the technicality of making a good logo that requires the use of the pen tool and type tool. I think participants will walk out with basic shape logos which not be very inspiring for that teacher to take to their classroom.

Peter Crass

Posted on 8/8/14 11:44:19 PM Permalink

This is a much more developed plan and well timed, I do not think that there is a need to have it to constrain by the minute but it will help in keeping the timing accurate.

steve charlton

Posted on 8/8/14 12:17:24 AM Permalink

While her plan is more organized, she also has a lot packed into her direct instruction. The creation of a logo will take s few more sessions.

sarah butcher

Posted on 8/7/14 3:16:52 PM Permalink

Kaia's plan is far more developed than Thomas's plan. Thomas does not allow for any questions or comments about the project.

Kaia's plan is extremely well organized. She has every step timed. She allows for a lot of feedback from participants and also circulates the room asking questions and helping while encouraging students to ask each other for help.

Thomas needs to return to the lesson about learning paths and rewrite.

Sandra Wood

Posted on 8/7/14 11:38:17 AM Permalink

This is a well thought out plan that looks terrific in writing; it would be great if it could all run so smoothly in real time.

B Thomas

Posted on 7/26/16 9:34:04 PM Permalink

It would be great to see it all in play....if I remember right she is the "new teacher" in this example...and timing is difficult at first...perhaps she can build in some Plan Bs for if/when things run longer than she expects....

David Badgley

Posted on 8/7/14 10:27:11 AM Permalink

Both plans are too ambitious for an intro to Illustrator. The goal is to get people to use the software and see what the potential is. A logo, poster, an invitation all require a lot of design planning before you even open a new document in the software.

I would start with that which is easy with vectors- create all three simple geometric shapes, fill with primary colors then more to strokes and fills on those same shapes to reinforce the tool but now add the modifier keys to constrain proportions and to have shape grow from the center.

Too many complex tools introduced will lead to confusion and reinforce that the learn does not really know what to do. I like to do 2 minute demo with a 3 minute practice- turn to your neighbor and share what did you learn; return to another 2 minute demo another 3 minute practice- turn to a different neighbor and share

At the end of twenty minutes the document has all kinds of cool shapes with a great variety of strokes, fills and patterns- Most turn and say- Wow, I didn't think I could do that!! We have a color laser printer at the back of the room and almost everyone prints a page to take away with them.

The Simple Shape tool and the Pathfinder panel has made converts out of my Math department colleagues because they can have the students create fractions and with the Blend Function they go wild...

Linda Neale

Posted on 8/5/14 3:50:55 PM Permalink

This plan makes more sense as far as time and thoroughness. Although, I would not have them create a logo in guided practice in pairs taking turns. I feel that's wasted time when they can be on the computer.
It's very ambitious!

judith schwartz

Posted on 8/4/14 9:12:22 PM Permalink

This is an interesting abut totally overwhelming lesson plan. She really broke it down in such a detailed way, but I don't think it's practical.

I have a few issues:

The guided practice isn't really guiding students to learn illustrator.

I have issues with the timing. I think the paired group is a nice idea, though they would need more then 15 minutes to design a compelling logo for their school.

If these are students never used illustrator, I don't see how they will do this assignment. Designing a logo, analyzing logos, is a whole other assignment then learning to use illustrator.

It's a bit overwhelming.

Karen Ellis

Posted on 8/4/14 11:10:39 AM Permalink

The plan for Kaia's session was very structured and planned with detailed timing for each element of instruction. I think the plan looks good on paper however in practice I find things almost always take long than planned because people ask questions, can't login, slow down the class generally. I guess in the planning this has to be factored in.

What do other people think?

Cathy Chen

Posted on 8/7/14 10:07:03 AM Permalink

Yes I agree Karen - it isn't enough to be an expert in the software - there are so many other issues for trainers to contend with ... I think the plan is very well presented but I wonder how smoothly progress would be in practice. I do like the support materials provided in the plan and the opportunity for 'faster learners' to move forward.

Alisha Crawford

Posted on 8/3/14 11:01:54 PM Permalink

Very detailed very well done, especially loved the way she used the pair analysis and discussion then had a group share.

Imani Cheers

Posted on 8/3/14 6:41:15 PM Permalink

Great resource, very detailed!

Jerry Holman

Posted on 8/3/14 6:16:59 PM Permalink

Good plan. I still think she needs to work on guided practice on a more hands on approach. Giving them a project and work on a needs a little more of step by step procedure needed.

Hilaire Shioura

Posted on 8/3/14 12:23:29 PM Permalink

Good lesson plan for beginners. I like the the group share idea.

Brian Hillier

Posted on 8/3/14 12:02:22 PM Permalink

Nice lesson plan.

The Direct Instruction is well thought out ... having participants follow along and exploring is better than making sure everyone is doing the same thing.

Discussing well know logos will encourage discussion during the Guided Practice, and will ensure they have some design and history to go along with their newly learned skills when they are creating their own logo during Independent Practice

tannizia anthony

Posted on 8/3/14 6:23:43 AM Permalink

A well define lesson plan but too long for one session

William Brenner

Posted on 8/3/14 12:51:35 AM Permalink

I am never sure of whether the time is adequate or not until I experience it, and even then the classes vary according to their previous backgrounds and experience levels. The detail here is good and the interaction is appreciated.

Ruth Soderstrom

Posted on 8/2/14 4:13:52 PM Permalink

I like the analysis part and the actual sketching first.

kent thompson

Posted on 8/2/14 3:57:00 AM Permalink

The time seems a bit inflated, but I would have to teach this in order to be sure. Love the interaction though...

Paul Fuentes

Posted on 8/1/14 8:22:57 PM Permalink

i liked the clear steps and detail. I could take this and use it right now. Good work.

Anne Grant

Posted on 8/1/14 8:07:55 PM Permalink

Good lesson plan...still too long of a session.

Nectara Mircioaga

Posted on 8/1/14 10:41:39 AM Permalink

Excellent lesson plan.

Gwenn Angus

Posted on 7/31/14 6:44:40 PM Permalink

Well laid out plan. It provides adequate time for guided practice and collaboration. In addition, it could be used by anyone teaching the workshop.

Henry Sandoval

Posted on 7/31/14 5:02:10 PM Permalink

It was simple but more descriptive and put into steps and that is how I teach. She also spent more time in the guidance part, which I feel is very important.

Jan Hunsicker

Posted on 7/30/14 9:54:30 PM Permalink

What I like about this plan is that any facilitator could deliver the training.

Valery Keibler

Posted on 7/29/14 7:59:37 PM Permalink

Great to think about the steps in detail, but the wording is a bit too verbose. the way it addresses the time is good.

Darren Hostetter

Posted on 7/29/14 3:52:20 PM Permalink

Great lesson plan! Very specific time constraints and goal, I like it

Louis DePriest

Posted on 7/29/14 1:46:43 PM Permalink

Great learning plan,well thought out and a good resource. Thanks.

M. Chow

Posted on 7/29/14 7:45:38 AM Permalink

This was well thought out and detailed.

Candie Witherspoon

Posted on 7/28/14 4:39:07 PM Permalink

WOW! This is a thoroughly well thought out plan. What an amazing resource. Thank you for sharing this.

B Thomas

Posted on 7/26/16 9:31:23 PM Permalink

I agree, I saved it to my flash drive/ it has given me a new way to organize my lesson plans...I must admit, I didn't catch all of the details, and would do a more thorough review if I was evaluating her...but I found her structure to be very helpful to my own work....and I know I can use this work product as an aid or reminder....thanky ou!

Bhuvana Sriram

Posted on 7/28/14 3:00:10 PM Permalink

Very well planned with content to fit in the required time slot. Great work.

katherine Yamashita

Posted on 7/28/14 12:38:56 PM Permalink

Very well organized and well timed.