How Robust Is the CAD Methodology and Project Outputs?

A CAD – Curriculum Architecture Design project – addressing ISD DESIGN at the top level of the 3 levels of DESIGN in the PACT Processes does not produce any new Training/ Learning/ Knowledge Management content. It determines the Performance Competence and enabling K/S Needs – then rationalizes existing content for it’s continued use (ReUse) and identifies the gaps in that content for management to prioritize and potentially resource to address the gaps.

Gaps not addressed (yet or ever) are left as Un-Structured OJT = unstructured on-the-job training = informal learning – but “named” and specified. Gaps that are addressed in some ADDIE-like approach are accelerated due to the analysis and design data from the prior CAD effort. Post CAD is when Rapid DEvelopment can really hum along rapidly – as there are guidelines to make sure that what is produced is a logical architecture/engineering of content (for many stakeholders’ varying criteria)  that leads to minimum gaps and overlaps – versus the all to often outcome of Rapid Development: a gapped and overlapped set of chaotic content that does not systematically reinforce earlier components such s shared Vision, Language, Imagery, other critical Messages, etc. And it often does not share templates and content chunks with great ease, as part of a Master Plan – because most Rapid Development efforts are sans Master Plans.

A CAD effort creates that Master Plan.

How ROBUST is the CAD methodology and its outputs? Do they have long or short shelf lives?

The methodology is basically unchanged since the late 1980s. Here is a design of a T&D Path originally completed in 1986, updated in 1989 and 1992 – this the is the 1989 version of the Learning Path…reviewed in hindsight in 2008…


The Path’s Beginning – the OnBoarding and Immediate Survival Skills – was handled mostly with self-paced media: Video, Computer Based Training and self-paced reading booklets – with a few GP (Group Paced ILTs) at the end. The self-paced media was highly modular – as not everyone needed all of it for their job assignments.  Below that self-paced media is updated…much as I expect my client (sold twice and now foreign owned) might have migrated the ever evolving content into newer delivery platforms…as I viewed it 2 years ago in 2008…

 The focus of a CAD, as with any ISD effort for an Enterprise Learning context, is always on the Performance Competence requirements – and how to best enable that. Most CAD efforts use a group-process methodology where teams of handpicked Master Performers develop consensus models of Performance the the enablers and later design the content flow of the Path by processing that same data that they had generated earlier.

The methodology and outputs of CAD efforts are indeed Robust. They have proven themselves in hundreds of real world applications by me and others over the past 28 years.

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