This page is all about an analytical tool called RAFT-LD that can help you assess the effectiveness of any learning materials or presentations you produce. More importantly, it is a diagnostic tool so it helps you not only to identify weaknesses but to recognise what sort of things you need to do to correct them.
The use of RAFT is most certainly not meant to be restricted to formal learning or training. Rather it is suitable for any situation where you want to convey information or facilitate the acquisition of skills or understanding.
As you might have guessed RAFT-LD is an acronym. The letters R, A, F and T stand for the first letters of 4 factors that are used in the assessment.
These are as follows.
R stands for Reasons.
How well do the learning materials or presentation provide the learner with various kinds of reasons for learning?
A stands for Active
How well do the learning materials or presentation provide the learner with an active learning environment rather than a passive one?
F stands for Full engagement
How well do the learning materials or presentation engage all the learner’s senses (sight, sound…) and mental functions (logic, imagination…) ?
T stands for Theatre.
How well do the learning materials or presentation engage the learner in Theatre? By Theatre we mean anything from hearing a story to performing in a role play or live situation.
The basic idea is to assess any learning materials or presentation by separately scoring each of these 4 factors. You can see for yourself that these factors can be independently scored. In effect, they may be treated as separate “Learning Dimensions” which is where the LD in RAFT-LD comes from.
A more detailed explanation and a sample score sheet can be downloaded here.