Lessons in Lesson Mapping

You can do simple Lesson Maps for simple performance-based “Instruction & Information” without having the data from a Performance Model or K/S Matrices in hand…you’ll just have to back into it by creating the equivalent set of data.

It’s always easier to short-cut something when you know how to do that something in the longer-route…typically the more “righter” route. But everything is situational.

So is PACT.

Typically I use the data from PACT “Analysis” efforts to frame a T&D Event by capturing the temporary titles of its Lessons as agreed to by the Design Team when facilitated by me, the PACT MCD Designer – the PMD.

Then we as a team further “process” that data to form and inform the “T&D Lessons” of the Event by creating a Lesson Map…for each Lesson of the Event. On each Lesson Map we temporary title it and number it, then draft some quick Learning Objectives…

…and we then drop down into the lower right hand corner and draw a box on our Flip Chart Easel page, formatted in the simple Lesson Map format…for the APPO. Or series of Appos when we want to go from easier to more difficult applications of the topics and or tasks of the Lesson.

“where it will be proved” – where the “it” to be proved is that the learner “got it” or that the training content is capable of enabling them to “get it” – after some data collection after multiple deliveries that is.

…so we begin with the end in mind…performance competence…

…and after just having articulated some draft Learning Objectives to guide us in this very next step…

…we discuss how we might best have the learners/Performers “prove to us” that they learned “it” by applying the Info and Demo insights in some real work…or simulated real work…or in some “talk-through troubleshooting” Appo.

Info. Demo. Appo. — the three columns of the Lesson Map of Instructional Activities.

Tell them. Show them. Have them show it back to you. That’s what we, the Design Team and me as the PACT MCD Designer, need to discuss.

And as the ISD expert in the room…I own the process of ISD. But THEY, the Design Team…they own all of the content and decisions that are not in the realm of good Instructional methods. We have got to work together. Collaborate.

Use the Lesson Map as a visual tool to help process the team by first discussing the “proving” that they got it…your Level 2 evaluations stuff.

What will the Appo be? A quiz? A test? A group discussion? A case study? A simulation exercise? An exercise on a simulator? Some time out of training and into the job to apply what you’ve learned with some watchful coach standing by?

And will there only be one? Or will there be several practices followed by a final test – as in Qualification/Certification Test? Or will the Appo be completed after a series of Infos and Demos was completed in another venue. So many things to consider.

So many means to an Appo.

And if the intended APPO is real work – and they the learners/Performers “can prove” that they “got it” and that they can “do it” – be Performance Competent – then any non-transfer back to the job of Level 3’s concern – is truly a management issue and is outside the realm of ISD…but into the realm of HPT, which includes ISD and more. Much more.

So if you do both ISD and HPT (or some equivalent) than you can continue to support the customer without bringing in additional capabilities. Otherwise you should bring in help.

Back to the Lesson Map. A very useful tool.

An existing Lesson Map may serve as a “cloner” Map – as in the next graphic.

Here I am attempting to simulate the outputs of a quick 3 minute, initial meeting with an internal client to discuss how to “take some existing T&D and create a series of custom versions” of it department by department – for deployment to department by department.

If I met with the client either they handed me this marked up Lesson Map…or this is what I wrote on it during the meeting. And perhaps I am going to hand this off to one of my trusted PACT Practitioners who’ll know exactly what this is all about after their first quick glance.

I have often found myself quickly drawing these hand-drawn Lesson Maps on whiteboards and flip chart easels in my client’s offices to describe the process to them OR begin the process with them.

At some point I usually, but not always, exhaust their knowledge and they realize “what could be” IF “they got the right people together to finish the Mapping exercise.” For there might even be more apparent Lessons in the Event that they have in mind than just this one.

Sneaky trick #7 as John Swinney might say.

For more about Lesson Maps, MCD – Modular Curriculum Development/Acquisition, and the PACT Processes contact:

Guy W Wallace

mobile: 704- 746- 5126

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