Course Activities & Learner Interaction – Absorb-Do-Connect
Absorb-Do-Connect, created by William Horton (2006), is a relatively simple framework that divides activities by their function. According to Horton, this model provides instructors with a lens through which to consider the balance and variety of activities within a course. It also acts as a guide for instructors to build scaffolded activity sequences in the achievement of progressively higher-order thinking skills. While this framework avoids generalizations about which activities fit into which functional category, it does describe the nature of each category:
- “Absorb” activities and interactions support learners’ information extraction and consumption from various learning materials and media, e.g., an online presentation or guided tour.
- “Do” activities and interactions promote learners’ practice or application of information gained from “absorb” activities, e.g., a case study or group project.
- “Connect” activities and interactions facilitate learners’ forming of linkages between new and previous information within the context of their own lives, e.g., a peer review or web scavenger hunt.
Reference: Horton, W. (2006). E-learning by design. San Francisco, CA: Pfeiffer.
- Explore Absorb-Do-Connect activities and examples.
- Review a variety of online activity descriptions, strategies, and examples.
- Read suggestions for how to make learning online active.
- Develop instructions using this online activity worksheet.