I see Architecture in Instructional Design at 3 levels in an Enterprise Context. See the graphic above.
At the “all in” entire collection of content, including instruction and information, the Enterprise holds a lot of content. Whatever has been developed/acquired to enable workflow performance. If you don’t really value that collection of content as valuable corporate assets – to be managed as any other product line – then skip this.
Some of that Content is theoretically downloaded from the ECA – the entire collection – to fill gaps (as is or after modification) on the architected Path with “Events” – an administrate-able object. Or Content must be Developed/Acquired – Built or Bought to fill priority gaps on the Path – or they are left to Un-Structured OJT (but with the guidance of the title and analysis data that drove it’s “specification” in a CAD effort).
T&D/ Learning EVENTS are composed of Modules or Lessons.
Lessons are composed of Instructional Activities of 3 types: Information, Demonstration, and Application (Info- Demo- Appo). Those 3 types are at one of three levels of depth of coverage: Awareness, Knowledge or Skill.
Instructional Activities are composed of objects too. This is where each element/object needs a standard, but flexible, template – and needs one for each type of mode/media to be employed.
I’ve been doing architecture of Paths since 1982 and Events since 1979 – and of entire Enterprise Content Architectures since the early 1990s.
I’ve been writing/ publishing about this since 1982.
I’ve been presenting publicly on this since 1984 (Chicago NSPI) and nationally since 1985 (NSPI).
Above: the 1st of 3 graphics listing my CAD experiences…
2nd of three graphics.
3rd of three graphics.
The goals for all of architecting efforts are identified above.
An example (above on the book cover) of an Enterprise Process Architecture at a department level – that guides the Enterprise Content Architecture. Dig deeper in the book for the 47 Processes – most of which I bet that you have operating in your T&D/ Learning function.
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