Prioritizing Tasks

We are all busy and sometimes it can be tricky to decide what to do next. With emails, phone calls, text messages, work can become overwhelming quickly. This Learning Lesson will help you learn how to prioritize tasks.

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Interaction Types

For decades there has been discussions of interaction types in education. (Anderson, 2003) Most interaction types observed in driver training traditionally are learner to instructor or learner to content. Moreover, most interaction time with driver training and orientation is synchronous or at the same time. This Learning Strategy is going to help you think about ways you can hold training without a physical classroom.

Interaction Time

The following Lesson is broken down into two different interaction times.

Lesson #46: Prioritizing Tasks


  • Determine how to prioritize a list of tasks.
  • Prioritize a list of tasks.

Estimated Time

60 minutes


Instructional Procedures for Synchronous Training
(or at the same time without a classroom)

  1. Meet up in webinar technology, like LumaLive.
  2. EfficiencyAsk this question, “What makes prioritizing tasks so important?”
  3. EfficiencyIn an online poll, ask the group to rate their ability to prioritized tasks. In LumaLive, you can create polls like this.
  4. EfficiencyYou can send out the Prioritizing Pocketbook while you are on the call or show it on your screen to discuss, or both.
  5. AuthenticityBrainstorm with them how they currently prioritize their tasks.
  6. EfficiencyShow them the other ideas that they could use too.
  7. AuthenticityGive participants time to write down their tasks for the day or a couple of days, or the week. Have them prioritize them using the ideas you’ve discussed.
  8. EngagementOption: If there is time, learners could discuss their lists together. You could set up break out groups in LumaLive and have them meet back in 10-15 minutes.
  9. AuthenticityOption: Tell participants to keep track of their priorities for a specific period of time. Meet back up to see how prioritizing is going and answer any questions.

Instructional Procedures for Asynchronous Training
(or not at the same time)

  1. EfficiencySend out the Prioritizing Tasks eNugget®.
  2. AuthenticityIn the discussion board post the following:  
    Share a tip or ideas that you have that helps with prioritizing tasks. Keep track of your priorities for a week. At the end of the week, let us know how it went and what, if anything, you still need help with.
  3. EfficiencySend out the Prioritizing Pocketbook for them to print and keep with them.


Anderson, T. (2003). Modes of interaction in distance education: Recent developments and research questions. Handbook of distance education, 129-144.

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