The first published reference to "Curriculum Architecture" was in 1984

CAD - Training 84 Cover and 1st Page

This is from 1984 – not the book – the year. It is the first published reference to Curriculum Architecture. I thought for a long time that co-author Ray Svenson, my business partner 1982-1997, had published the first reference in an earlier (1978) ASTD Journal article – but he recently looked into that – and concluded that no – that this was the first published reference.

CAD – Training Mag – 1984 – 6 page PDF – the first publication about Curriculum Architecture Design via a Facilitated Group Process – published in Training Magazine in September 1984. Original manuscript (30 pages) – How to Build a Training Structure That Won’t Keep Burning Down.

The next year, 1985, I did the first public conference session on Curriculum Architecture Design at NSPI (now ISPI).

As it reads: “…a curriculum architecture that organizes the company’s various training needs into a logical sequence of courses or modules….”

I was into modular design of performance-oriented/based content that moved as much content from group-paced into self-paced modes…EARLY. To reduce deployment costs and increase flexibility of timing, and remediation.

Example Path.


A Video about the T&D Path above.

Others now make the claim that they created these methods, or that this is (somehow) their proprietary methodology.

Or they relabeled it as Learning Paths. But a careful search will find alternative labels on the “T&D Path” from my own writings over the years. Starting in 1982s.

I covered this approach to performance-based Curriculum Architecture Design in much more depth in my 1999 book: lean-ISD.


# # #

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.